Red Lady

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 02/15/2019
Name: TC

Subject: Red Lady
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation: 9,200-12,400

Avalanches:

Remotely triggered (from <1ft) a fast-moving R1D2 from the ridge as we were nearing treeline. Ran 500 vertical feet through steep, rocky terrain, dragging big rocks with it. Did not see any other notable naturals from the summit. The cornices on top of Red Lady bowl were surprisingly small. Had a safe and pleasant ski down the glades. Snow was wind affected and a bit grabby in places.

Weather: Socked in most of the morning; clearing as we approached the summit. Periods of light snow. Westerly winds increasing with elevation, with gusts in the 20-30 mph range.

Snowpack: 30 cm of new snow; heavy & dense. Obvious wind scouring & wind loading from westerly winds. Very little obvious signs of instability, with just one small collapse on the climb, and we were breaking trail the entire way.

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