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The slide connected multiple paths and took out "hundreds if not thousands of trees." Colorado Avalanche Information Center photo and quote.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting that a massive slide in the mountains outside Aspen released naturally on Saturday, March 9. The avalanche's crown was around a mile wide and ran over 3000 feet, damaging an unoccupied home in the valley below.
An unoccupied home in the valley below was damaged despite being protected by defensive structures. CAIC photo.
The report indicates that the slide crossed the creek on the valley bottom and continued several hundred feet up the other side, downing trees as it went. Historic avalanches should come as no surprise considering the heavy snowfall which has recently blanketed portions of the state, but the sheer size of this slide is enough to warrant attention.
Checking out the slide's 6-foot crown. Doug McCabe/Gallatin Nat'l Forest Avalanche Center photo. On May 19th, 2020, a large wet slab naturally released on the northeastern aspect of Montana's Yellowstone Club. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center sent personnel to investigate the slide, and determined that the slide was triggered by a cornice fall. Crown-town, USA. H. Dougherty photo. The slab's crown depth ranged between four and nine feet over an 1800-foot width.
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