Nasty natural

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 12/30/2020
Name: Sam L


Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: Upper slate
Aspect: North, North East


Avalanches: Observed a new large natural in Baxter basin.
Weather: Cold and clear. Traveling uphill on southerly slopes was very warm but with little discernible change in snow surface.
Snowpack: Traveling up hill through north facing terrain produced several large and rumbling collapses with shooting cracks running hundreds of feet (see photo). Skiing southwest terrain we traveled through 12 to 15 inches of consolidating storm overlying a stout sun crust.