Gothic Obs

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/15/2019
Name: steve banks
Subject: Gothic Obs
Aspect: North, East, South East
Elevation: 9,500

Avalanches: Minimal visibility so not much seen. The following avalanches appeared to run toward the end of the storm on Saturday based on the refill.
East Bowl Gothic R1-D2 Storm Slab
Quigley Creek Baldy r2-D2 Storm Slab
Northern /east facing bowl on Gothic: R3-D2 Persistent Slab
Snodgrass: 5 individual avalanches running on basel facets with crowns up to a meter deep. All of them ran just on the lower edge of the dark timber from 1st bowl through Abbey Lane. R1-D2’s

Weather: Much colder today with overcast skies. It spat snow around 1 pm and seemed like it was gonna giver er a go, but then stopped. Calm winds, no sun.

Snowpack: Settled storm snow about 10-14″ in the Gothic area. Buried surface hoar present and reactive in snowpack tests. Minimal basel facets on East and West facing slopes, musta melted off more in this valley. Still there tho.