Crested Butte Area

CBAC2014-15 Observations

Name: Dave
DATE: 2/1/15
LOCATION: Red Coon Glades
Elevation: 11,600

WEATHER: Mostly clear with steady winds from the north/nw 20mph w gusts 30+

SNOWPACK/AVALANCHE OBS: Toured up to the glades with level 1 Avy class. We had a supportive ice/sun crust with 6+cm of new snow which soften things up.  Snow was wind effected near tree line.   Our group observed a sluff avalanche and what looked to be a small crown avalanche on red lady.   There were 2 tracks to the skier right of these slides that were put in early morning prior to the slides.  Not sure if the slides were natural or skier triggered. Continues wind loading throughout the day from tree line up.  Did not see any signs of instability throughout our tour.  The wind layer was starting to slab up in certain areas on the ski down. Skiing was in variable conditions but still good, new snow freshened things up a little.