Sluffs in Climax Chutes

CBAC CBAC Observations

Date of Observation: 02/06/2022
Name: Zach Guy

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Traveled on E and NE aspects to 11,300 ft.

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: Ski cut a few long-running loose dry avalanches in Climax Chutes entraining the top 6″ or so of weak facets with no gouging observed. A few of the sluffs ran past the chokes to the top of the aprons, up to 2000 vertical feet, D1 to D1.5 in size. Another group behind us had similar results in the same chute.
Weather: Mostly clear this afternoon. Calm winds where we traveled.
Snowpack: The January snowfall is easily to sluff, roughly 6″ of fist hard facets. The December slab remains intact enough to prevent gouging, about 4F and faceting at the top of the slab.

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