Gothic southeast face wet slab slide

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 05/12/201

Subject: Gothic southeast face wet slab slide
Aspect: South East
Elevation: above treeline


skier triggered wet slab, R1 D2. triggered near a small group of pine trees: one skier caught and carried a couple of feet, no burials.

Weather: Sunny, warm

Snowpack: overnight freeze thawed on the way up, wasn’t quite soft enough for postholing at the summit. Once we dropped into the bowl, the snow quality degraded into slush. Sluff was easily manageable.