Recent Natural Avalanches

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/10/2019
Name: Evan Ross & Zach Kinler

Subject: Recent Natural Avalanches

Several fresh natural avalanches were observed on 12/10 thanks to the mostly clear sky and good light. Some of these avalanches looked very fresh and may have released during the AM hours of 12/10. Most avalanches in this natural cycle probably failed during the PM hours of 12/9 or the AM hours of 12/10.

Northeast:
4th Bowl on Axtell. A fresh large avalanche that failed at the ground and initiated on the cross-loaded portion of the bowl. The rest of the avalanche was obscured by the terrain in between.

East:
East Bowl in the Anthracites. A small Wind Slab looked to have released above the cliffs, it then fell onto the slope below and triggered a Persistent Slab failing on SH in the upper snowpack, which then collapsed the well-developed facets at the bottom of the snowpack releasing a larger Persistent Slab. All that also remotely triggered a Persistent Slab failing on the ground next to this avalanche. The avalanche debris had 3 to 5mm SH that had grown on them since the avalanche released.

Ruby/Owen Saddle. A large slab avalanche that appeared to have stepped down into old snow. Released in the last 24hr. SS-N-R1-D2-O

Red Coon Bowl. A Small Wind Slab released off the ridge and stepped slightly deeper into the snowpack releasing a small persistent Slab. SS-N-R1-D2-O

South East:
Afley Peak, ATL. A large slab 1-2ft deep and estimated to have broken into old snow. SS-N-R2-D2-O

3rd hand report: Skier triggered avalanche on Tree Chute in the Anthracites on 12/9. No specific information.