North aspects, tests continue to show propagation.

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 03/25/2016
Name: Jason Konigsberg
Subject: North aspects, tests continue to show propagation.
Aspect: North
Elevation: 11000

Avalanches: Long running Loose Dry avalanches running in Wednesday’s storm snow. These avalanches would entrain all of the storm snow and the latest dust layer would be visible on the surface. Loose Dry avalanches are not big enough to bury a person but could easily knock someone off of their feet.
No other avalanches, cracking, or collapsing observed.
Weather: Overcast with mostly light snow showers but a few bands of snow that were S2 (a little less than an inch an hour). Although it was windy on the road there was no wind near and below treeline. Temperatures were cooler today in the low-twenties.
Snowpack: All aspects have a surface crust from yesterday’s sun except for northwest to northeast. Northerly aspects that are near treeline have a faceted layer that is buried 2 feet down. An extended column test shows that there is potential for a fracture to propagate in this weak layer (see attached video).