Crested Butte area Snowpack

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/28/2016
Name: JSJ
Subject: CB area snowpack
Aspect: North, South
Elevation: 9-12,000

Avalanches: Semi-recent cornice fall on an East aspect ATL triggered a D2 Persistent Slab sometime in the past week.
Weather: clear, calm, warm
Snowpack: Southerlies NTL & ATL had 10-15cms of variably softened surface snow over a supportive crust at 1130. Windslabs, Dust, and Corn on Southerlies all seemed to be on the surface in the alpine and softened at different rates due to their varying densities. By 1300 these slopes were getting punchy and sloppy with SkiPen becoming about 30+cms. Northerlies are staying dry and are mostly old windslabs slowly faceting away on the surface, above mostly all facets on steep shaded slopes. Low angle BTL starting to get cooked by late Winter sun angles and high temps.