The first two weeks of February were exciting (but sleepless) times to be an avalanche forecaster. An unusually large storm was accompanied by unusual avalanches. Around the central and northern mountains of Colorado, avalanches destroyed or buried buildings, closed roads, and extended trim lines of previous historic paths. Sadly, four fatalities occurred as well.
|Anthracite Range. Observed February 2nd.
|Gothic Mountain runout. The pipe is to the top of the outhouse structure that was buried 10-20 feet deep. Observed February 8th.
|This slide crossed Peanut Lake Road around 8:30 a.m. February 10th.
|An estimated 2/3 of Snodgrass Mountain slid to near the ground. Observed February 10th.
|Unusual crowns on Double Top Mountain. Observed February 10th
|Large slides above town from Gibson Ridge. Observed February 10th.
|Crown lines running across the entire width of Cement Mountain. Observed February 10th.
|Slides near Meridian Lake. Observed February 11th.
|Peeler Basin. Estimated half mile wide. Observed Februay 11th.
|Deep slab on Purple Mountain, estimated up to 20+ ft deep. Observed February 11th.
|Deep slab on Afley. Observed February 11th.
Small doses of snow fell and wind speeds increased on February 12th through the 15th. Temperatures started to climb, eventually hitting the high 40’s in Crested Butte. We even saw short bouts of rain at all elevations. The natural cycle was far from over. Another natural came down to Cement Creek Road. A few more huge ones ripped off of the peaks.
|Near White Mountain; this path ran similar to the notorious skier triggered slide from 2008. Observed February 14th.
|Several historic slides crossed Spring Creek Road. Observed February 14th.
|Slides impacted structures in Taylor Canyon and near Almont. Observed February 15th.
|Slab failing near the ground on Whetstone. Observed February 16th.
|Near WSC Peak. Observed February 17th