Level 2 Class

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 02/11/2017
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Level 2 Class
Aspect: East, South East, South
Elevation: 9,400-10,400

Weather: Temps, 0C 10:45 9,000, 0C 11:30 9,400, -.5C 9,600ft 11:25, -.5C 10,000ft 12:30. Snow starting around 10:00am. S1 becoming S2 with periods of S5. PP/GP. Light southwest winds with Moderate Gusts
Snowpack: No much for signs to instability on slopes under 35 degrees. Traversed some southerly slopes at 9,800ft with and HS around 90-120cm and moist snow grains to the ground. Higher in the terrain the HS increased while the the moist snow only extended into the mid pack below the 1/19 interface. At 10,200ft, HS 182 ECTP 28 (Times 2) down 57cm on a 3cm P hard MFcr.

ENE slopes above 10,000ft had 5 to 10cm thick of moist snow at the 1/10 interface with 20cm of new snow on top. HS around 210. ECTX (times 3) down to the 1/19 interface, snow increasing in strength with depth.

Pushed a small loose wet avalanche down on a steep northeasterly aspect. On slopes over 35 degrees, a loose wet avalanche problem seemed like the main concern. Though uncertainty around unusual wet conditions leaves awareness to the potential of a larger wet slab at these elevations.