Gothic Campground to Top of the World

CBAC CBAC Observations

Date of Observation: 02/26/2022
Name: Zach Kinler

Zone: Border between SE and NW mountains.
Route Description: Descended from Top of the World to Gothic Campground, ascended same route(Gothic Mt Tour course).

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: Got good eyes on some terrain near the border of our NW and SE forecast zones. Saw several avalanches on West and Northwest aspects as well as a few more on East and Northeast. Slides were seen in all elevation zones failing on the mid-February junk show likely on 2/22 or 2/23. All were D2 in size.
Weather: Northerly winds kept things feeling quite wintry out there. Abundant late February sunshine felt nice and warm in sheltered terrain.
Snowpack: Traveled on low angle East through SE facing slopes mainly. Still a bit noisy out there with any open areas producing collapses that echoed through adjacent terrain. Got several long running cracks while snowmobiling in similar terrain. In some cases, it took a hard stomp into the weak layer to get the collapse or the second/third person through the feature. Slabs were around 2 feet resting on top of weak facets or facet/crust combos. Moderate propagating results indicate a snowpack still on the mend. Observed some transport onto south aspects at upper elevations due to north winds.

 

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