Avalanche: Summit

Location: Colorado Peak, Summit Lake area

Route & General Observations

Colorado peak, Easterly to Northerly aspects traveled.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect Northeast
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Got 3 loose snow avalanches to go on ski cuts, all started on relatively lower angles for this avalanche type, continued to entrain and push snow at and below 30degrees, all 3 ran remarkably far than would expect for loose snow.

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

Loose snow skier triggered D1.5 and several loose snow naturals observed.
No slab's observed, although limited visibility. No whoomphs, No shooting cracks.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light snow off and on, mostly cloudy with partial breaks afternoon. Light to moderate NE wind. High 20's, above freezing below ~2,000' on return in pm.

Snow surface

~8+" new, upside down from warming and wind in alpine.


Generally upside down new snow, no slab cohesion observed today besides small wind pillows.
New snow sitting on melt-freeze crust to up to 3,000' (and slick sun crust on southerlies).