Weak and unreactive snowpack

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/01/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Weak and unreactive snowpack
Aspect: North
Elevation: 10,000-11,800

Weather: Scattered to broken cloud cover. Mild temps. Moderate winds with no transport.
Snowpack: On a north aspect near treeline, the snowpack was generally shallow (due to wind scouring and/or previous avy activity) and very weak, lacking any persistent slab structure presently, but will be concerning if we get a future load. Facets ranged from 1mm to 4mm in size, mostly fist hardness, capped by a breakable wind crust; trapdoor skiing and pole plants easily to the ground. No signs of instability except minor facet sluffs and a few pizza box wind slabs in gulley features.