Gothic Area

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/27/2016
Name: JSJ
Subject: Gothic Area
Aspect: North, South, South West, North West
Elevation: 9,300 – 11,500

Avalanches: Lots of roller balls and over a dozen small wet loose avalanches observed today off of steep rocky Southerly terrain.
Weather: WEATHER: Mostly clear, some high clouds, increasing NW winds in afternoon, strong solar.
Snowpack: SNOWPACK/AVALANCHE OBS: Surface snow continues to facet and weaken on shady aspects. Solar slopes BTL & NTL got moist in the afternoon, low angle solar slopes stayed dry. Overall HS averaged 100-140cm. One small skier triggered crack observed on a steep rollover below some exposed rocks. Didn’t propagate very far and stayed in the surface instabilities.