Avalanche: Summit

Location: Manitoba and Colorado

Route & General Observations

Skied Manitoba and Colorado today after an evening at the hut. Standard up track for both. Most notable observation was a large glide avalanche (see photo) that occurred on a steep south facing slope of the ridge just north of Manitoba Peak sometime after the 12/26/2023 Forecaster Observation at Manitoba.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type GlideAspect South
Elevation 3200ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Large glide avalanche that exposed bare ground on the steep south facing portion of ridge just north of Manitoba Peak. Additional smaller glide cracks might be down that same ridge to the left.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly clear with some low fog and occasional cloud cover. Cold for most of the day; around minus 10 to 15 degrees throughout the day. No new precip and very little wind.

Snow surface

Surface hoar on nearly all aspects and elevations. Wind affected snow at the top of Manitoba Peak and along the eastern ridge. Ski quality was good on both Manitoba and Colorado. Ski penetration 4-6” and boot pen about double that.


Lighter snow in the top 40 cm (15-20 inches) that transitioned to a denser snowpack, detectable with probe poles in both locations. No formal test pits dug. Quick hand pits didn’t identify any concerns for us with these upper layers.

Photos & Video
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