Windshield Tour Mid Storm Clearing

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2019
Name: Ian Havlick

Subject: Windshield Tour Mid Storm Clearing
Aspect: North, East, South East, West
Elevation: 9,000-11,500


Numerous large to vary large avalanches on nearly all aspect and elevations looking to failing primarily on persistent weak layers deeper int he snowpack. Most impressive avalanches were observed on Whetstone, Cement, and near Crested Butte. Avalanches propagated through fairly forested steep terrain and slopes steeper than about 30ยบ.

Weather: Heavy snow and strong NW winds early tapered to showery orographic snow showers into the afternoon. Temperatures remained mild throughout storm.

Snowpack: 10-12″ snow across area traveled overnight. Noticable wind transport from north-northwesterly direction throughout valley.