Kebler Road/ Irwin Obs

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/12/2017
Name: Irwin Guides
Subject: Kebler Road/ Irwin Obs

Avalanches: Havlick and Ruby Mining District resident both heard a very large Avalanche off Ruby at 0835. Saw one large crown above Elk Basin.
Weather: Continues to snow S1-2.
Snowpack: Snow: 18″ 1.8″ SWE since 1/10 at 1600 (40hrs). Storm stake was completely buried, dug it out, 41″ with storm water 6.6″ since Jan 8th. Total snow since 1/1 is 98″ with 11.3″ water.
Kebler has 2-3′ on the road, more in classic wind loaded areas. The road is starting to merge with the surrounding terrain. One single track had run the gauntlet early this AM. We only saw evidence of 2 of the 7 Sisters have avalanched. We called off operations upon Snow Safety Team arriving to the trailhead this AM. We need a day to muck out, let alone high avalanche danger. Over 100″ since Jan 1 and the roads are extremely soft and the slopes are the most loaded I’ve in my 20 years.