Avalanche: Summit

Location: Colorado Peak Summit Lake

Route & General Observations

Went to Summit Lake today to check out a couple avalanches I heard about which ran during yesterdays wind event. Found two separate avalanches on the corner of Colorado Peak and Fresno Creak. The further upstream event was witnessed from Fresno yesterday. (Video) It was apparently a windslab that did not step down into deeper layers. The second one was closer to “The Cabins'” and did step to the basal facets.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect East
Elevation 3700ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 22inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 1500ft  
Avalanche Details

This was the second avalanche we investigated today. It happened yesterday February 1st. D2.5 Initially a windslab which stepped down to the basal facets. Photos taken from near the stauchwall. Runout angle was a little less than 25 degrees.

The other one was a D2 which did not step down.

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

Small shooting cracks in wind affected areas.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast, began snowing about 4 p.m.

Snow surface

Degrading rain crust under NSF and V to about 1500'.
Wind affected above 2500'. Great skiing in between.


Didn't dig a formal pit. On investigation the slab stepped immediately to the basal facets. One tiny area broke mid-pack, (possibly ??? Dec. 1 layer) Below the stauchwall the slab stepped up again and the track had nearly a meter of old hardened snow still in it.

Photos & Video
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