Observation: Summit

Location: Colorado

Route & General Observations

Colorado to 2800′

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Intense snow transport at ridgelines from NW outflow winds
Occasional light to moderate snow transport at treeline from N winds

No collapsing, cracking, or recent avalanche activity from the past few days...
Most recent avalanche appeared to be the one on Butch reported in 2/21 Guinn ob

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Few clouds, light winds from the north occasionally gusting moderate above 2000'
Strong sun, temps in the 20s down low... colder up high but the sun made up for it!

Snow surface

A thin breakable rime crust was present from the highway (1400') to our high point at (2800'), slightly thicker up high. It was not present in dense trees, but on all aspects we travelled on. The crust was almost thick enough to be annoying to the ski quality but it really was a friendly, considerate crust in that regard... just loud as you skied through it. A dusting of rimed stellars was on top. Ski penetration of 2-4" throughout the day.


See below for snow structure and pit results in a wind scoured location... height of snow was 110cm, with neighboring areas averaging 150cm.

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