Widespread natural avalanche activity around CB

CBAC 2015-16 Observations

Road tour of avalanche activity, viewed from valley bottom along roadways near Crested Butte, looking up to 12,000 ft.   Roughly 30 natural avalanches observed, ranging from D1 to D2 in size. Most, if not all, appeared to fail on facet layers near the ground.  Majority of the slides we observed were below treeline, several near treeline on N through E aspects, and one SE aspect ATL.  Observations of alpine were limited due to vis.  No slides observed on southerly aspects below treeline; these slopes were generally bare prior to mid-December storm cycle.     -Zach Guy

 

Gibson Ridge. Northeast aspect below treeline

Gibson Ridge. Northeast aspect below treeline

Slate River Road. NE aspect below treeline

Slate River Road. NE aspect below treeline

Gibson Ridge. East aspect below treeline

Gibson Ridge. East aspect below treeline

Whetstone Mtn. E/SE aspect above treeline

Whetstone Mtn. E/SE aspect above treeline

Whetstone Mtn. East aspect near treeline

Whetstone Mtn. East aspect near treeline

Gibson Ridge. East aspect below treeline

Gibson Ridge. East aspect below treeline

Peanut Lake Road. NE aspect below treeline

Peanut Lake Road. NE aspect below treeline

Peanut Lake Road. NE aspect below treeline

Peanut Lake Road. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch Road. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch Road. NE aspect below treeline

Natural and remotely (?) triggered slides in Washington Gulch. E aspect below treeline

Natural and remotely (?) triggered slides in Washington Gulch. E aspect below treeline

Above Meridian Lake. NE aspect below treeline

Above Meridian Lake. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch. NE aspect below treeline

Washington Gulch. NE aspect below treeline

Whetstone. East aspect Below treeline

Whetstone
East aspect Below treeline

X Chutes on Whetsone. NE aspect Near Treeline

X Chutes on Whetsone. NE aspect Near Treeline