Whetstone Axtell Carbon

CB Avalanche Center2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 04/04/2019
Name: Ben Ammon

Subject: Whetstone Axtell Carbon
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South, South West, West, North West
Elevation: 9000′-12,500′


Intentionally skier triggered several wet loose slides on a S aspect of Axtell. D1, entraining only the new snow.
Also, saw evidence of the very large avalanches on W aspects of Whetstone and E aspects of Carbon [from March cycle]. E aspect of Carbon had snapped large aspens ~1/3 mile uphill on the opposite side of the valley. Carbon creek buried under substantial debris.
Will email pics of Carbon and Whetstone slides because they’re cool!

Weather: Broken skies moving to scattered around 1130. Light winds from the W, calm in the valleys.

Snowpack: No signs of instability on W and NW aspects of Whetstone.
New snow was wet on S, SE, E aspects of Axtell, snow beneath MF crust was still dry.
Observed two small collapses on small, isolated slopes, NE aspect of Carbon around 11,500′. These slopes were above and near areas that obviously slid during the March cycle, but were lower angle and had not slid. Skied a NE aspect on Carbon and saw no signs of windslabs on NE or E aspects ATL.