Weak Snowpack

CB Avalanche Center2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/23/2019
Name: Colorado BC AIARE L1
Subject: Weak Snowpack
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 9,800-10,900
Weather: Overcast sky, calm winds, high temperature near freezing.

Snowpack: Shallow snowpack about 60-80cm deep. Soft weak snow surface, over a mid-pack slab, over more very weak faceted snow at the ground. No obvious signs of instability. Surface Hoar down in the valley, but not up higher in the bowl. The wind had previously loaded snow over the ridge and into the ENE bowl. While down-valley winds had cross-loaded a few terrains features a lower elevations. Wall to wall tracks in the terrain, also covering the steeper or loaded terrain features.