Washington Gulch Study Plot Visit and Obs

CB Avalanche Center2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/13/2018
Name: Zach

Aspect: North East, East, South West
Elevation: 9,000′-11,000′


One new slide observed on East Cinnamon ~12,000′. Propagated ~150m across the slope and ran 300+ m out of sight.

Weather: Long underwear and a down jacket were greatly appreciated. Sunny skies, Cold with NW to NE winds, light-moderate with gusts and enough to transport small amounts of snow from time to time below tree line. Light loading off of larger peaks and ridge lines.
Snowpack: See picture of weekly profile from the Elkton Study Plot for a snapshot of that location.

On a search for Surface Hoar, Shovel Tilt tests at the plot site and at two NE open slopes BTL revealed easy results @ 10cm on Preserved Stellars(picture), No Surface Hoar found in any of these locations.

On Anthracite Mesa, very little windslab growth as strong NE winds were scouring snow in the open bowls and depositing it on the flats at ridgeline. No collapses or cracking was observed as the PS structure remained quiet today.