Conducting fieldwork around Vail Pass after 12 inches of snow fell in the last 24 hours. I triggered an avalanche and observed cracking and collapsing.
An avalanche remotely triggered near Vail Pass on 11/18. (full)
One of 3 small slab avalanches triggered by elk on a NE-facing, near-treeline slope in the Aspen zone. The slides show that where recent storm snow fell on old, weak snow, the potential for triggering avalanches exists. Image taken through spotting scope. 11-18-17 (full)
Small Wind Slab avalanche on Loveland Pass in the Vail and Summit Co Zone on 11/17/17 (full)
Typical fragile, early season structure in the South San Juan zone near Wolf Creek Pass. (full)
Continuous snow cover on easterly slopes in lower Yule Creek after storm of past 36 hours. Where the snow fell on old, weak snow, the potential for triggered and natural avalanches exists. 11-18-17 Aspen Zone. (full)