Observation: Summit

Location: Colorado Ridge

Route & General Observations

Toured to 2562′ on Colorado Ridge’s north east shoulder. Spotted two natural slab avalanches in the area, see associated road observation for details.

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

Spotted natural slab avalanches on NW aspect of Moose and SW aspect of Tenderfoot. Several wet loose avalanches.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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T-shirt weather! 39 degrees at the road at 3:30 pm. Calm wind. Clear skies.

Snow surface

6" of new snow from yesterday's storm, 8" above 2000'. A breakable melt-freeze crust has formed on the surface on east aspects. In shaded areas or on north aspects, soft powder can still be found. The new snow sits atop an older 2" sun crust, with very weak, loose faceted snow underneath.


Hand pits failed easily below the older 2" sun crust on weak, loose facets.

Dug a quick test pit at 1868', E aspect, 22 degree slope. HS = 110cm. CTV x 2, ECTP7 down 70 cm on chained, cupped facets.

Dug two pits at 2562', ENE aspect, 22 degree slope. HS = 145 cm. CT3 PC, CT5 PC down 20 cm on facets below a melt-freeze crust. CT22 SC, CT 27 SC down 90 cm on 3mm facets. ECT propagated beyond test parameters (36 whacks) down 65 cm on Jan 25 BSH & facets and down 90 cm on 3mm facets simultaneously. ECTX in second pit.

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