Gothic 1pm Obs

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/05/2017
Name: billy barr
Subject: Gothic 1pm Obs
Elevation: 9300

Avalanches: A slide right across the river from my house has reached the river just once that I can remember in the past 45 years but this morning I was out in the dark and heard it run (it runs constantly in a storm so no big deal). But it kept getting lower, and lower until I heard it drop down on to the river. Best I can tell it stopped there but the powder cloud (small one) drifted right by me. The point is- very dangerous conditions. On the other hand, when I skied to Gothic the snow had set up enough that I only occasionally would break into the snow pack.
Weather: Sorry there was nothing this morning- it was awful out here and just took too much time to do anything so by the time I was done it was too late to help (if it does at all). Note, if you ever need to check the weather here go to and all the data is there.

The 24 hours ending this morning at 7 had 20″ new snow but more remarkable was 2.20″ of water- about 12% water content which followed 5% water in the early portion of the storm. So it settled it fast as the deepest snow got was 65″. The wind started at 1 p.m. yesterday and has not stopped, though seems to be letting up some the last few hours. Only 2″ new snow this morning and snowing lightly now.