Date of Observation: 01/30/2021
Name: Andrew Breibart
Zone: Southeast Mountains
Aspect: North East, East, South East
Avalanches: Observed three wet loose slides on the west facing gullies of Gothic. Not much snow was entrained and starting zones were partially exposed cliff bands. I assume these ran between Thursday or Friday (1/28/21-1/29/21).
Weather: Paradise Divide and mountains in the NW zone west of the Anthracites were under obscured skies. In area of observations, mostly cloudy skies with periodic afternoon S-1 and S1 snow. lLight winds in the valley bottom with no snow transport and moderate winds at the ridge lines. Snow and wind didn’t result in additional loading of the bowls. Exception is summit ridge line had minimal snow loading just below ridge.
Snowpack: Traveled off skin track in open areas as much as one can in this area. No cracking or collapsing off the skin tracks. Hand and ski pole probing of the skin track cuts revealed a 1F sun crust on the SE aspect (1/19 interface?). It was about one inch thick about 6 to 8 inches below the surface Ski pen off skin track ranged between 6 and 12 inches. Stomped a wind lip on the ridgeline and stomped around the summit rollover. Nothing cracked, collapsed, or moved. Trace of new snow today from S1 snowfall.