Near Miss Climax Chutes

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/28/2016
Name: Kim Carroll Bosler
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 9000?

Avalanches: At 11:05 am I watched a good size avalanche rip from Climax Chutes (I think- I’m not a backcountry skier) as I was skate skiing on Mike’s Mile almost directly below the point of release. Luckily, it landed in a bowl and did not proceed up the bowl’s incline and on down to the valley floor where I was. Just a minute or two later a much smaller avalanche let go on a neighboring smaller chute. About 20 minutes later, as I was with other Nordic skiers calling out trying to determine if people were in trouble, we saw three people descend the ridge. Eventually the one skier and two snowboarders who had triggered the slide came out safely. Close call.
Weather: Sunny and warm.
Snowpack: Sun crust turning slushy.