As someone relatively new to the backcountry scene, Dan Scannura’s opportunities for decision-making have been few and far between. His group of four — three split boarders and one skier, made their way up to Francie’s Cabin just south of Breckenridge on Thursday April 21st. The past week had brought decent snow followed by a very warm and dry cycle.
“We started seeing pinwheels and rollers from the top layers of snow on the steeper pitches – a telltale sign that loose, wet avalanche danger was present,” Dan said. “As much as I wanted to continue, I knew it was not the safest option, although there was no “ah-ha” moment like narrowly missing a cornice collapse or just avoiding an avalanche. This one was just a gut feeling.”
Read Dan Scannura’s story: #unepicadventures: Saving Crystal Peak for Another Day.