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Date of Observation: 11/30/2022
Name: Rob Strickland

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Standard Red Lady and Standard Glady

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: saw many on the suspect Northern half of the compass (many reported already) plus the obvious cornice ridge collapse on an easterly ridge on skinner (also reported earlier).
A note I would add is that the lowest elevation snow was warming and wet this afternoon. even felt some crust forming in the shade… watching the snow from the trees drip onto the snow below. Crazy to think we started the day so cold and then to see melting on the snow the same day.
The snowpack was LOUD and collapses everywhere. Shooting cracks on most start zones (naturals) which I couldn’t get to move.
Obvious snow consolidation is evident around trees and bushes.
Very thin and somewhat supportive overall. I like what KH said, tips up, bums down!
Weather: sunny warming to 30*s (a guess)
Snowpack: Loud and shallow. ATL scoured and drifted. BTL getting deeper 500+ feet above Kebler (but still razor-thin in most places).
Are you sure we got 10″ – 17″ haha

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Update 11/18/2018

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Another weak wave of moisture has passed over the Crested Butte area leaving us with a dusting of fresh snow and not much of an increase in our avalanche danger. As a cold front chases this storm out we could see winds whip the new snow into very shallow wind slabs on Northeast through Southeast leeward slopes, though these are likely to be thin and less hazardous. 
Our early season snowpack has been weakening through the faceting process promoted by our warm and sunny days followed by clear and cold nights. This has allowed the current avalanche danger to diminish with signs of instability tapering off. The sun has created some crusts out there, and the temperature swings have created a thin layer of facets on top of this crust. All of this points toward more dangerous avalanche problems once we do receive more snow. 
For now, there are still some lingering areas to be heads up in. North through Northeast slopes, above treeline (where the snow is the deepest and therefore the riding will be the best), are still holding onto strong over weak layering and slab type conditions. These slabs are pretty tired right now and have reached a point where they are unlikely to be triggered, however it is still possible and we should still be prepared. 
Continue to carry and know how to use all appropriate avalanche rescue tools. Bust out your probe to check for snow depths along your journey and feel what the snow layers are like. When you detect strong over weak layering, get out your shovel and do some tests to see how reactive that slab might be. Shadier leeward slopes steeper than 35 degrees where previous snow has drifted in and where the snow transitions from deeper to shallower will be the most suspect area to be aware of. 
Looking ahead, the forecast models are showing another storm headed our way on Thanksgiving and perhaps a more prolonged stormy period after that. If you are out in the backcountry this week, take note of the current snow cover and structure and think what it will be like if/when we do receive another foot of snow or more. 
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1-2 mm facets found near treeline on a SW aspect