Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 04/10/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Wet cycle below treeline on north half of compass
Aspect: North East, East, North West
Elevation: 9,000-10,000 ft
Avalanches: See video and photos. Evidence of natural wet cycle below treeline in the past 24 hours or so along hwy 135/Slate River Road corridor. About a dozen wet loose slides on NE aspects, one on NW and one on E, ranging from D1 to D2 in size, and about half of them gouging to the ground. 3 wet slabs on NE aspects below treeline, D1.5 to D2 in size, failing at the ground.
Weather: Warm, scattered clouds, no precip, calm winds
Snowpack: 2″ refreeze over an unconsolidated wet snowpack. Ski pen and boot pen quickly became knee to waist deep. One pit on NE aspect showed fist hard wet/very wet grains throughout, with free water pooling at the March 6th dust/interface about a foot deep in this location. 2 collapses in flat terrain
NE aspect BTL, Happy Chutes
NE aspect BTL. Happy Chutes.
NE aspect BTL. Happy Chutes
NE aspect BTL. Whetstone.
Cracking snow between debris piles
Looking downhill at wet loose debris pile
D2 debris pile below wet slab on Gibson Ridge
East aspect BTL. Gibson Ridge
NE aspect BTL. Whetstone
NW aspect BTL. Round Mtn.
NE aspect BTL
Wet loose and wet slab. NE aspect BTL on Whetstone
Wet loose and wet slab, Gibson Ridge. NE aspect BTL
4/10. Wet slab, Gibson Ridge. NE aspect BTL