Elkton Study Plot

CB Avalanche Center2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/21/2019
Name: Zach Kinler

Subject: Elkton Study Plot
Elevation: 10,400

Avalanches: No new

Weather: Partly Cloudy to Overcast through day. High topped out ~40F with intense solar during sunny times. Light southerly breeze increasing with clouds and snowfall by 17:00

Snowpack: HS: 264, 2/28 Interface down 110 cm from surface. 2 soft MFcr in upper 20cm which were wet and decaying. 2 ice lenses @ 23 cm and 41 cm from surface. Percolation tubes were widespread and stout above upper lens but more subtle above the lower lens. Moist snow to ~51 cm from surface.

Basal layers looking more like rounds than rounding DH. 1F-P hard and moist.

Snowpack temps near freezing at ground and at surface with mid pack only down to -3.0 C.

Small slightly rounded facets above 2/28 crust. Prying of test columns would produce planar break at this interface but not super concerning.