Gothic Obs

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/25/2020
Name: Steve Banks
Subject: Gothic Obs

Avalanches: D1 wind slab releases on the East Face of Gothic. Looks like most of the main line, but shallow and at various times. Several small crowns lower down above cliffy terrain.

Weather: Farkin cold. Single digits to teens with a biting North wind. Wind did taper in the afternoon. Skies cleared through the day and AM flurries amounted to nothing. Obvious wind transported snow in the alpine all day.

Snowpack: It’s shallow out here. We stayed in the valley today but the snowpack is notably weaker and more faceted than surrounding areas. New stiff windboard present even BTL on exposed slopes.