12-15 Foot Deep Avalanche in Colorado Over Weekend:

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12-15' deep avalanche over the weekend in Summit County, CO. photo: crested butte avalanche center
12-15′ deep avalanche over the weekend in Summit County, CO. photo: crested butte avalanche center

After someone triggers a 15-foot deep avalanche, it’s safe to say that avalanche season is upon us. 

“Conditions were rockin and rollin in Summit County over the weekend. Serious stuff. Two very close calls including this skier triggered avalanche 12-15 feet deep.” – Crested Butte Avalanche Center

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center recorded 11 natural and human triggered avalanches in Colorado over the weekend.

Avalanche destructive potential scale
Avalanche size and destructive force scale.  Yesterday’s avalanche was R3, D3

Avalanche details:

  • Location:  Boreas pass, off north ridge of Bald Mt., dropping into French Gultch
  • Avg. Slope Angle:  38º
  • Elevation:  12,850′
  • Weak Layer Grain Type:  Depth hoar
  • Width:  1,200′
  • Length:  1,000′ long
  • Date:  11/21/15 at 2pm
  • Size:  R3, D3
  • Comments:  “Big Avalanche”
Debris from the 12-15' deep avalanche over the weekend in Summit County, CO. photo: crested butte avalanche center
Debris from the 12-15′ deep avalanche over the weekend in Summit County, CO. photo: crested butte avalanche center

There have already been many close calls in USA this early season but no serious injuries nor fatalities.  Lets do everything we can to keep it that way.

Please don’t go into the backcountry without:

  • Avalanche Education
  • Strong Backcountry Partners
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Checking the Local Avalanche Forecast
12-15' deep avalanche over the weekend in Summit County, CO. photo: crested butte avalanche center
12-15′ deep avalanche over the weekend in Summit County, CO. photo: crested butte avalanche center

Learn more about recent avalanche accidents on our avalanche page.  SnowBrains reports on every avalanche accident involving injury North America every winter and more.

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