Windy

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 03/17/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Windy
Aspect: South East, South, West
Elevation: 10,000-12,000 ft

Avalanches: Fresh natural wind slab ran today on SE face of Ruby Peak, potentially triggered by cornice fall, estimated about a foot deep on a mid-storm layer. SS-NC-R1-D1.5-S. Other crowns that failed yesterday or the night before shown below in photos.
Weather: Scattered clouds, moderate to extreme winds from the SW, and moderate snow transport.
Snowpack: Recent snow is blown out on most west and south aspects. Drifts up to 3′ on east aspects below ridgelines, that weren’t responsive to ski cuts. Stomping on small cross loaded wind whales further down slope caused some cracking and small 10″ pockets, failing on mid-storm layers.

NE aspect, Scarp Ridge

NE aspect, Scarp Ridge

NE aspect, Whetstone

NE aspect, Whetstone

NE aspect, Mt. Axtell

NE aspect, Mt. Axtell

SE aspect, Ruby Peak

SE aspect, Ruby Peak