CAIC forecasters spoke with area mine workers and the location of this slide is adjusted from the Waterhole as originally reported to the Hayden Path. Same area just one path further to the east. The starting zone mostly faces northeast and north. A similar slide occurred last week on January 27 and this one is a repeater. Runout hits creek in a location that is slightly farther from the Camp Bird road. Slide is also officially sized at D2. These paths produce large powder clouds that can travel far across the narrow canyon dusting the other side. This one left about 1 to 2 inches of powder cloud debris on the road.
- BC Zone: Northern San Juan
- Area Description: Skylight ice climbing area on CR 361 (Camp Bird RD) above Ouray, CO.
- Route Description: Ice / rock climbing at Skylight area.
- Weather Description: Trace new snow. Moderate to strong winds.
- Snowpack Description: Not observed
- Avalanche Description: Very large (D3) natural avalanche ran off of the north west aspect of Hayden Mountain South. The slide ran down a path known to ice climbers as the "racing stripes" aka "waterhole slide". The slide initiated from out of view high above the road (11,900 - 12,200). It ran the entire path to the valley floor entraining a huge amount of snow with it. The powder cloud ran up the other side of the valley and plastered the climbing area (and some climbers) with 2-3cm of snow.
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