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Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:12 PM Issued by: Mike Cooperstein  

The CAIC has issued a new backcountry avalanche forecast for the mountainous areas of Colorado for Sunday November 9, 2021.

Northern Mountains Low (Level 1 of 5)  Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

Central Mountains Low (Level 1 of 5)  Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

Southern Mountains Low (Level 1 of 5)  Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

 
  • A skier triggered and was caught and carried in this avalanche on Loveland Pass in an area locally known as the Kitchen Wall on Friday Oct. 29, 2021. The other two avalanches ran sympathetically. The snowpack is touchy especially in steep areas below ridgelines and in steep confined gullies where winds have deposited deeper snow over weak early season snow on the ground. The most likely spots for you to tiger one of these avalanches are steep northerly and easterly-facing slopes near and above treeline. Avoid these types of areas to stay safe this weekend. (full)
  • A small soft slab avalanche on a northwest-facing slope near treeline. The debris pile is circled in red and the red arrow is the approximate location of the crown. Despite shallow overall snow depths, if there is enough snow to slide on then it's deep enough to produce an avalanche. South San Juan. October 27, 2021. (full)
  • Small avalanche triggered by a skier walking on the ridge. Loveland Pass 10/25/21 (full)
  • East-facing terrain above treeline south of the road summit on Independence Pass on October 17, 2021. (full)
  • Fourth of July Bowl and north-facing terrain on the west side of Independence Pass on October 17, 2021. (full)

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Avalanche Observations
Report Date # Elevation Aspect Type Trigger SizeR SizeD
View Tue Jan 18 - >TL NE HS AK / r R4 D2.5
View Tue Jan 18 - - - - - - -

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Field Reports
Report Date Observer Snowpack Obs Avalanches Media
View Fri Jan 21 Nick Sheehan No No No
View Fri Jan 21 Dylan Craaybeek No No Yes (4)
View Thu Jan 20 Ben Pritchett No No Yes (2)
View Thu Jan 20 Jason Konigsberg No No Yes (2)
View Thu Jan 20 Ryan Zarter No Yes (1) Yes (1)
View Thu Jan 20 Amy Pertuz Yes (1) No Yes (2)
View Thu Jan 20 Sheamus Croke No No No
View Thu Jan 20 Josh Jones No No Yes (1)
View Thu Jan 20 Ben Pritchett No No No
View Thu Jan 20 Jeremy Yanko No No Yes (3)

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Weather Observations
Station Date Time Temperature Relative Humidity Wind Speed Wind Direction Max Gust 24 Hr Snow
Steamboat Lake State Park Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 24 83 9 3 19 5.9
Bottle Peak Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 13 94 13 89 14 -
Berthoud Pass Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 10 91 10 135 23 3.5
Kendall Mt Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 11 91 3 98 11 -
Loveland Pass Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 10 92 10 41 24 -
Molas Pass Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 19 90 2 227 6 0.9
Putney Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 14 92 6 158 13 -
Swamp Angel Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 14 90 1 253 6 -
Vail Pass - Cdot Yard Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 17 91 1 171 3 0.3
Wolf Creek Pass Fri Jan 21 6:00 PM 15 70 7 69 11 -
Storm Peak Observatory Fri Jan 21 6:05 PM 13 100 21 68 31 -
Taylor Park Fri Jan 21 5:57 PM 18 82 7 149 12 -

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