Baxter Basin avalanches

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 02/11/2020
Name: MR
Subject: Baxter Basin avalanches
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South, South West
Elevation: 9,600-12,000

Avalanches: See photos. Countless small loose dry avalanches, and some storm slabs along mineral point, augusta, richmond ridge, daisy pass, and Schuykill areas, involving the new snow that fell sunday night-monday afternoon. Possible two large avalanches, one off southeast face of augusta, and one off North face of Schuykill that ran into the flats of Baxter Basin, that probably ran during or after the big friday storm event and the new snow fell on top of the debris, so it was hard to say how deep they failed.

We triggered one noteworthy wet loose release while descending the southeast flank of Cascade, which ran with energy a couple hundred feet, entraining surrounding snow but not gouging into lower layers. No photo, sorry!

Weather: The sun was doing its thing today on sunny slopes, warming the snow but not to the point of any roller balling that we witnessed.