CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations, Snow Profiles

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/24/2017
Name: Steve Banks/Mike Soucy
Subject: Coney’s
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9,600-10,800

Avalanches: Kicked off a large cornice resulting in a large collapse and widespread cracking but no avalanche release.
Weather: Cold! -8C at 13:00. S1 most of the day with periods of S2. Light NW/down valley winds. Little bits of broken sky but mostly OVC/OBS all day. Minimal snow transport observed
Snowpack: Very shallow, D1 fresh looking windslab failures noticed above Long Lake below large cornice 2-12” of storm snow. Blown out areas has an inch or two over crust, steeper slopes at higher elevation had good boot top snow. Very wind dependent. Not very slabby and no collapsing or cracking noted. Better skiing where the aspect was a bit more North and has less crust. Snow depths of 190-240 cms with deeper measurements at higher elevations. CTM 15 SP down 24cms below crust failing on grauple below the crust on NE slope 24° Buried SH found 105 down near the ridgtop, but looked flattened and rounded and unreactive.