Observation: Summit

Location: Colorado peak

Route & General Observations

Planned to ski in Turnagain Pass but the lack of plowing/parking sent us out to the summit lake area were we could also barely park. We went up the eastern slopes of Colorado peak to 2,375′. The most dangerous part of the day was traffic congestion at many parking lots where people were pulled over trying to park, lots of cars and semi-trucks flying by…. people and parked cars near the white line. Sketchy.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

We got 2 whumpfs at 2,300'.
Numerous evidence of previous storm snow D1-2 avalanches and a D2+/3 on Moose mtn.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny in the am, mostly cloudy pm, light snow started at 2pm.
Calm to light SE wind.
Mid to hight 20's F.

Snow surface

30cm ski pen on decomposed new snow. 20-30cm ski pen by 2,000' from wind stiffened snow.
1cm suncrust on SE tilted aspects where we traveled.


Pit at 2,375' NE aspect:
HS140cm. ECTN12 down 30cm. ECTP16 down 45cm on facet's below a crust/facet sandwich.

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