Round Mountain

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/15/2017
Name: Donny Roth
Subject: Round Mountain
Aspect: North, West, North West
Elevation: 8,600-10,800

Weather: Overcast skies, no precip, calm and warm. Recorded a high temp of 38ºF at 10,000’ at 14:30. It was 32ºF at the 8,600′ at 15:30. Did it cool down or was there an inversion? Not really important. It was warm and the snow was getting manky.
Snowpack: No signs of instabilities. Even the surface sluffing we noticed yesterday had diminished, except for steep, north aspects where the only dry snow could be found. Everything except steep, north aspects were being effected by radiation. The trees started to shed snow about 11:30AM. More southern aspects definitely got warm enough to be moist on the surface – future crusts? Ski pen and boot pen were pretty similar throughout the day – a sign of a strong “mid-pack.” Average HS was over 150cm, except for places that slid during the storm cycle and places with ridges of talus