Gothic Area

CB Avalanche Center2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/12/2018
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Gothic Area
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9,600-11,100


In steep terrain sluffs were running smaller then a week ago and not gauging down into the faceted snowpack as easily.

Weather: Calm wind. Overcast. Mostly light snow showers during the day. Picked up in the afternoon. About 4″ HST at 10,500ft by 3pm.
Snowpack: 3rd day in a row in the same area. Lots of weakness out there but not enough load or slab yet for things to start acting up. No signs to instability, pushed out on a number of more suspect area. HS mostly in the 60cm to 120cm range in the elevation ban traveled. 1/9 interface down about 20cm. Lots of variability in the snowpack. From slopes that have avalanched previously or not, changes in HS, old wind boards or sun crusts, wind stripped areas. ugly. Though the new snow is making the skiing great and the weak snowpack makes it feel extra deep.