AIARE 1 Group 2 Gothic RD

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/26/2019

Subject: Irwin AIARE 1 Group 2
Aspect: South East
Elevation: 10,200

Weather: clear
10mph winds

Snowpack: 18 degrees
CT26 and CT27
ECTX

(HS on the gothic road pit I just submitted was 126cm)

AIARE 1 Group 3 Red Lady Glades

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/26/2019

Subject: Irwin AIARE 1 Group 3
Aspect: East
Elevation: 10,200

Weather: Few Clouds
10mph at pit
15mph at cars

Snowpack: Red Lady Glades
E
CTX

AIARE 1 Gothic RD

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/26/2019

Subject: Irwin AIARE 1
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9,600

Weather: Gothic Road
Sky cover- Few
10 mph winds (picking up around 2 pm)

Snowpack: CT 19 20cm
ECTX X2
Poor Man’s Rouchblock https://youtu.be/vXbxlWDmVE8

Ski Pen 15 cm
Boot Pen 45cm
Both images uploaded are facets at 20 cm 1-2mm rounding facets

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CB Zone

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/25/2019
Name: Steve Banks

Subject: CB Zone
Aspect: South East
Elevation: 9-11,000

Avalanches:

Small windlslab in Red Lady Bowl fresh on 1/24 night? Evidence of several small dribblers, sluffs and cornice falls in the bowl over the past few days.

Weather: Mostly sunny and felt warm, but cold if not in the sun. Moderate winds in the AM becoming light in the PM. Lots of blowing snow up high. No precip

Snowpack: 4-6″ of new snow from yesterday/last night was becoming moist in the sun. Below was a soft crust from prior sunny days and another just below that. Without digging a pit, the snowpack felt supportive but variable. Ski pen never more than 8″ but ski pole could be pushed over 130cms into the snow in some places, but resisted in others. Lots of snow moving onto NE/E slopes NTL and ATL.
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Washington Gulch Avalanche Obs

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/27/2019
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Washington Gulch Avalanche Obs
Aspect: S-SW-ENE
Elevation: 9-12500

Avalanches:

Purple Palace ENE. The Baldy wind slab is south. The wide propagating slab looks a few days old and is out Rustlers Gulch SE. Good view out there and didn’t see any other slabs.

Morning trip up Washington with no signs of instability. Plenty of previous wind transported snow and still transporting this morning.

Fresh Whetstone Avalanches

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/25/2019
Name: Ian Havlick

Subject: Fresh Whetstone Avalanches
Aspect: East
Elevation: 8700 BTL

Avalanches:

New pockets failing overnight (red), adjacent to other pockets observed fresh yesterday (yellow). failing 2ft deep on old November and December facets
Weather: 2″ new snow overnight. light north winds at this elevation, moderate NW winds at ridgetop

Snowpack:

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Natural Avalanches?

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/25/2019
Name: Petar Dopchev

Subject: Natural Avalanches?
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation:

Avalanches:

Not sure, if you guys had noticed those already, but went to fly my drone and saw these two north of the Snodgrass/Gothic trailhead – above the stables. Not certain what the name of that mountain is – No Name Mountain? (Forecaster note:  White Mountain)  Anyway, wanted to get close and get a video of it, but it turned out to be way further than I thought and ran out of battery. The two adjacent faces went down. Was there right at sunset…

(Forecaster note:  These avalanches were first observed the morning of 1/23, but we really appreciate the observation and new photo angle of these avalanches!)

Weather: It was nuking (really windy) on those ridges in the morning. I can see those from my balcony, and usually check to see, if it is windy up high.

Snowpack:

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Mint Sack

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/24/2019
Name: Than

Subject: Mint Sack
Aspect: North East
Elevation: BTL

Avalanches:

None seen

Weather: spotty snow and plenty of wind transporting snow onto the N/NE aspects

Snowpack: Deeper than before, I know because the stick in the picture below used to poke me in the head while skinning, today it poked me in the shoulder.
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Fresh Whetstone Avalanche

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/24/2019
Name: Ian Havlick

Subject: Fresh Whetstone Avalanche
Aspect: East, South East
Elevation: 8600

Avalanches:

new pocket lookers left of previous crowns on the same feature that ran in Jan 7/8 cycle. Avalanche looked 2ft deep, failing on facets near the ground and propagating widely up gully feature.

Weather: light snow, light NW wind, cold temperatures aroudn 10ºF

Snowpack:
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Skier Triggered Avalanche Near Miss

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/25/2019
Name: Eleven Cat Ski Guides

Subject: Skier Triggered Avalanche Near Miss
Aspect: South
Elevation: 11,000, NTL

Avalanches:

We had a near miss when a guest, unintentionally, skier triggered an avalanche on a South facing aspect around 14:00. It failed on the 1/15 interface on small grained facets. There had been explosive testing on the slope in the morning with no results. 14th skier pushed right-hand boundary into untracked snow and the slab released when he was mid-slope. He skied out left at the bottom and was unaware of the slope had released above him. See attached pics and profile. PM report has details

Weather: S1/S2 snowfall throughout the day. HST 10″.

Snowpack:
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