Wet activity ramping up

CBAC 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 04/03/2021
Name: Zach Guy

Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: Anthracite Range and driving tour
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South
Elevation: 9,600 – 12,200

Avalanches: See photos. Large wet avalanche activity on the rise. We noted numerous natural D2 wet loose avalanches on all but due north aspects and at all elevations. Many of these gouged deep into the snowpack. Some ran today, some yesterday. Several large wet slabs, generally D2 in size, ran today. The one off of the east face of Gothic may have been up to D3 given the long runout (which was obscured from view).
Weather: Africa Hot.
Snowpack: We found frozen surfaces this morning and good corn skiing on due south aspects until about noon, at which point ski and boot pen quickly detoriated. On an east aspect below treeline around 1 p.m., we were triggering large pinwheels that gouged 12″ to 18″ deep. The most active aspects for wet activity were east and northeast where we traveled, but we left before westerlies had their fair share of sunshine.

 

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