SH unreactive

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/18/2017
Name: Will Nunez
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9,000-11,000

Weather: Overcast skies in the morning – Broken clouds in the afternoon. Light to Moderate winds out of the S-SW. Strong solar greenhouse affect enough to induce skin glopping.
Valley floor to higher up on slope the averages HS was 220cm. 6” of new snow with a boot pen 10cm ski pen 6cm. A quick pit showed F 1F P HS220 on a 25*slope, 165cm up showed a MFcr layer that was preserving a graupel layer. Jan 19th Buried SH was seen but not reactive to ECTs or CTs, it was hard to even brake apart after the tests and show that Buried SH was rounding. Many D1-D2 avalanches where observed looking West towards Schuylkill Ridge and East towards Gothic Peak. The one in photo is hard to see, it ran on the new snow/ wind loaded storm slab with what looking like a meter crown. No other signs of instability were observed on the east side of Coney’s.