Westerly terrain BTL and more natural activity from the past few days

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 02/19/2019
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Westerly terrain BTL and more natural activity from the past few days
Aspect:
Elevation: 9,000 – 10,000

Avalanches:

Observed a few unreported naturals that looked to have failed on Friday and Saturday. Mostly below treeline shaded slopes with the exception of one WSW slopes off of Anthracite Mesa. This slide put some debris across Slate River Rd and a deep pile just above it – suspect this failed on 2/15 early AM, ran ~1,600 vertical feet.

Weather: Mostly cloudy skies with S-1 snowfall during the afternoon. Winds were very light, no transport below treeline observed.

Snowpack: Climbed up through westerly terrain below treeline. In this snow favored part of the range, the average HS was ~190cm. The 1/15 and 1/21 interfaces were rounding and gaining strength; no concerning test results on these layers. Two graupel layers from 2/2 storm and 2/15 still clearly visible but no test results. Of note was a soft 2cm melt/freeze crust that formed during the afternoon on Friday, 2/15 – it was buried by about 18cm of snow from Saturday. ECTN test results on 2/15 and 1/21.
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