Sluffing on Emmons

10webCBAC Observations

Date of Observation: 03/10/2023
Name: Zach Guy

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Mount Emmons, various aspects near and below treeline.

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: Skier triggered a handful of small loose snow avalanches involving the new snow; the longest ran about 1000’ vert.
Weather: S1 to S2 throughout the day. Calm winds where we traveled.
Snowpack: The new snow was not bonding well to old surfaces (sun crusts, wind board, NSF). Storm totals ranged from about 8” or 9” NTL to 6” at valley floor by 4 pm. The snow was cohesionless and sluffing, no cracking or slabbing yet.