Pittsburgh Obs

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/28/2016
Name: Alex Banas
Subject: Pittsburgh Obs
Aspect: South, South West, West
Elevation: 9,500′-10,500′

Weather: Overcast skies Snowing S1 throughout the day with moderate to strong wind gusts out of the W, NW.
Snowpack: West, Southwest aspect near near treeline in the paradise divide showed decent coverage with the HS varying from 50-90cm. Storm totals overnight looked to be 20-25cm. The new snow was bonding well within the storm snow. Tests show failures on facets below a thin melt freeze crust. Steady winds throughout the day stiffened the new slab from F to 4F- 75cm down to the crust.

9,600′ SW 34* slope
HS; 90. CT 13 SC ECTP 9 SC
Both tests failed 75cm down, below a melt freeze crust. Test slope collapsed while exiting.