Natural Avalanche, Gothic

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/23/2018
Name: Peter Innes

Subject: Natural Avalanche, Gothic
Aspect: East
Elevation: 11,000′

Avalanches:

Observed a large natural slide, ~R4 D2.5 , breaking below a cliff band at the bottom of the E face of Gothic Mountain. Crown estimated to be 3′ deep, maybe 250′ across. Debris ran almost 3/4 of the way to the valley floor, approx. 1500′

Weather: Variable snow fluries w/ minimal to no accumulation. Moderate winds blowing up valley which lessened into the afternoon.
Snowpack: No whoomphing, cracking, or skier triggered slides while skinning & skiing E-facing terrain BTL, 30-35º, around the saddle b/w Snodgrass & Gothic.

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