Snowpack ripe for failure

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Zone: Southeast Mountains

Location: Snodgrass/Gothic saddle

Date of Observation: 12/11/2020

Name: Alex Tiberio

 

Subject: Snowpack ripe for failure

Aspect: North East

Elevation: 10500

Avalanches:

Intentionally triggered a D2 Storm Slab on a NNE facing slope. Released about 20 ft below a ski cut. Propagated 20 ft wide running about 500ft downhill. Phone died, couldn’t get pictures.

 

Weather: Snowing on and off throughout the morning. Sometimes heavy. 6” new snow in gothic. About 8” on the snodgrass/gothic ridge line

Snowpack: Weak. Some preserved surface hoar below the storm snow. Facets to the ground below that. Easy the produce spiderwebbing shooting cracks on More northerly facing slopes

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