Small Loose Wet Avalanches

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 04/06/2017
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Small loose wet
Aspect: North East, East, South, West

Avalanches: Viewing a large portion of the range in the Mt baldy area, no recent slab avalanches were observed.

Lots of loose wet avalanches could be seen. These all looked to be D1.5s or smaller. These loose wet avalanches were most widespread on easterly and south easterly steep slopes at near and above treeline elevations.
Weather: Mostly clear sky. Calm wind through most of the day with a light westerly breeze at ridgline in the afternoon. Didn’t feel significantly hot in the alpine, but didn’t take any actual temperatures.
Snowpack: Last weeks storm snow has settled to about 5-10cm’s on a northeast slope at 11,300ft and about 1-3cm’s on the southern half of the compass at all elevations. These past storm accumulations were deeper on cross loaded terrain features and the lee sides of ridge lines.

Lots of steep skiing going on by the public today, or recently. Gothic Spoon, East Mineral, East Richmond, Redwell, Wolverine, Whetstone M Face to name a few. Some skier triggered loose snow avalanches on these lines, but all activity looked small, relative to the large terrain.

Typical size of observed wet avalanches. Larger terrain produced larger debris piles. Easterly aspect Mt Baldy.