Red Lady Cornice Slide

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/31/2019
Name: Brooke Warren

Subject: Red Lady Cornice Slide
Aspect: South East
Elevation: 12,400


A Sprinter van-sized cornice was accidentally triggered when a snowboard was placed in the snowpack during transition at the flags at the top of Red Lady bowl. The cornice triggered an avalanche directly below the drop that propogated about 10-15 meters wide. The avalanche was about 80 cm deep, to the ground, exposing rock and grass. The debris slid to the rollers at the bottom of the bowl. One person’s pack and poles were lost in the debris, but the pack was found on top of the debris at the base of the slide.

Weather: Overcast, slight wind and light snowfall.

Snowpack: Snow conditions ranged from crusty to icy with a thin layer of fluff.