Wet avalanche

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 02/17/2016
Name: Dustin e
Subject: Wet avalanche
Aspect: North East, East, South East, South, South West, West
Elevation: 9500-12500

Avalanches: R1-d2 natural wet slab on the southern side of purple ridge. Appeared as though wet loose debris from a rock band up high stepped down once it reached the weaker snowpack at lower elevation.  **CBAC note.  This slide is from a previous warmup. It was first observed the morning of 2/16**
Weather: Hot. Mild breeze up high kept things cool
Snowpack: Firm. New snow sat above v-day sun crusts and wind board. Did not punch through v-day interface all day, difficult to impossible to kick steps into this layer in many areas. Saw some cracking in new snow but slabs were 4″ or less and did not propagate far. New snow distribution above tree line is variable and as expected for nw winds.