West Side Gothic Avalanches

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 02/16/2021
Name: Ian Havlick

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Location: Coneys with visibilitiy to surrounding backcountry
Aspect: North East, East, South West, West
Elevation: 9000-11,200

Avalanches: Fresh D2+ avalanche west facing Gothic. Impressive propagation and crown depth zig zagging into treed terrain and skipping over terrain features. Debris ran long into runout, though not to historic trim lines. Looked to have failed as a storm slab or windslab above treeline and propagated horizontally at near treeline elevation. Observed a number of other D2 sized pockets in obscure undulating terrain near rock Creek and Elkton, though visbility was poor enough to prevent good photos. These smaller slides (<5) failed on south to southeast facing terrain BTL.

Also, observed D2+ avalanches on NW facing Double Top in Brush Creek as well as D2 avalanche on SW facing slopes above Deer Creek.

Weather: snow showers, bried S2. Accumulations <3″ in Washington Gulch, though multi day storm totals in the 24″ range.

Snowpack: increasing depth to ~120-140cm, still weak facets near ground. New snow pasted, generally right side up density strucutre.