anthracites storm instabilities

CB Avalanche Center2018-19 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/16/2019
Name: MR

Subject: anthracites storm instabilities
Aspect: North
Elevation: 10,000-11,500


storm slab instabilities – cracking and stuffing – on any and all terrain over 35 degrees or so. One wind roll at the top of big chute had already released and we easily got the other to pop rolling up to it. Minimal propagation or entraining, but we didn’t see or ski any bigger terrain.

Weather: storm day! From 8am-1pm – snow varying from s1-s3, stronger toward end of day, winds picking up throughout the day. Warm and wet

Snowpack: 4 inches new snow at base of anthracites at 8 am, 6-8 inches up high at 9 am. Dense snow. By the time we got back to the sleds at 1 there was an additional 4-5 inches.