Close Call in Ruby Range

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/19/2019
Name: Eleven Cat Ski Guides

Subject: Close Call in Ruby Range
Aspect: South East
Elevation: 11,000ft

Avalanches:

“Matt and I responded to another snowmobile triggered avalanche in the Ruby Range. We made contact with the group and everyone was accounted for. One snowmobile was close to fully burried. Three separate D2’s from the incident. 1-3′ deep, total of 800′ wide SE at 11,000′. Photo to follow.

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Brush Creek Avalanches

Location: Brush Creek Area
Date of Observation: 01/19/201

Name: Frank

Subject: Brush Creek Avalanches
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 9000

Avalanches:

Several avalanche D0.5-1, NE and E aspect.

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Mt. Emmons Red Lady Glades

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/19/2019
Name: ADB

Subject: Mt. Emmons Red Lady Glades
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation: BTL/NTL/ATL

Avalanches:

Scarp Ridge: SE/E aspect-during the past snow storm, SS-N-R2-D2.

Weather: BTL: Warm temperatures and mostly calm.
ATL/NTL: Cold temperatures with moderate winds blowing snow . Some snow transport into SE aspects of Red lady Bowl. Snow was being blown in different directions. Other surrounding peaks such as Axtell and Whetstone had snow being blown from ridges.
Sky: Few to Scattered clouds.

Snowpack: skin track is well established and remained on the track. no cracking; whumping; or collapsing.
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Snodgrass/Gothic Road

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/19/2019
Name: Obs from Gothic road

Subject:
Aspect: North East, East, West, North West
Elevation:

Avalanches:

Surprisingly little natural activity on NE aspects of snodgrass. Just 1 small slide on the middle pitch on 3rd bowl. A small slide propagated about 1000’ underneath gothic road about a mile from the gothic trailhead. Some larger natural activity on the other side of the valley on Red Rock and WSC.

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Naturals all over. + still occurring?

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/19/2019
Name: Cam

Subject: Naturals all over. + still occurring?
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Avalanches:

Natural Avalanches in Redwell in steep N facing terrain, and fairly certain one slid on a NE aspect in the morning of the 19th between 8 and 10 a.m. All d1 to 1.5 appearing to fail in storm snow. Also several slides of a similar size on E and SE further down the basin. Large avalanche over on the Ruby/Owen saddle.

Weather: Clear and relatively calm up high. Winds felt 15-20 mph at most, leading to some transport. It looked like winds were howling on a few nearby peaks.

Snowpack: No signs of instability noticed while skiing some nice low angle pow

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Washington Gulch

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2019
Name: Alfred P.

Subject: Washington Gulch
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9400

Avalanches:

Avalanche 01/18/2019; Washington Gulch, Pristine Point; naturally triggered

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Remotely Triggered Avalanche Red Lady and Red Lady Glades Avalanches

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2019
Name: 2nd Hand from Aaron Carlson

Subject: Remotely Triggered Avalanche Red Lady and Red Lady Glades Avalanches
Aspect: South East, South, South West, West
Elevation: 9000-12000

Avalanches:

Watched Party remotely trigger large avalanche in Red Lady Bowl on Mount Emmons from ridgetop before planned descent of bowl. Party then aborted plans and skied Red Lady glades, subsequently triggering other 1-3ft deep pockets where terrain steepened, convexities.

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Walrod banger

Location: Cement Creek Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2019
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Walrod banger
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 9,400 – 10,500

Avalanches:

Went for a stroll out lower Cement Creek and heard that there was a significant avalanche up Walrod Gulch and so I took a look. Check out the photos below. Good example of terrain that you may walk your dog on or nordic ski underneath that under HIGH avalanche danger and an Avalanche Warning could prove to be very dangerous. Debris is estimated to be 10 plus feet deep in places and covers around 700 linear feet of the road. The path has about 1,000 vertical feet and pushed debris up the opposing hillside a good bit and then likely triggered an avalanche on the opposing hillside.

Weather: Mostly cloudy skies with light winds at valley bottom.

Snowpack: shallow, weak, and tender.

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Anthracite Mesa-Coneys: WIND

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2019
Name: ADB

Subject: Anthracite Mesa-Coneys: WIND
Aspect: East
Elevation: BTL

Avalanches:

Road leading to Trailhead, observed two areas with storm slabs.
East aspect below trees above Meridian Lakes: Two slides: SS-N-R1-D1 on a slope at least 30 degrees on a linear
West/SW aspects between lower two cattle guards: SS-N-R1-D1 on slope less than 30 degrees but below a convexity in a shallow snowpack evidenced by grasses and shrubs on slope.

Weather: Cold and blustery.
Moderate winds in the valley bottom and on the ridge. Obscured skies. Periods of S1 and S-1 snowfall.
Moderate winds on ridge didn’t transport snow onto the leeward sides. Winds in the valley bottom with no trees or vegetative cover transported snow, filling in skin track with 6 inches of snow.

Snowpack: Between 6 and 8 inches of new snow within 24 hours with a few areas favored by wind deposition of 10 inches.
All about the wind.
No collapses or cracking. Tested a few convex slopes in the valley bottom on east and west aspects with no failures or shooting cracks.
Supportive snow.
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