Accident: Porter Fork

Location

United States
40° 40' 8.1156" N, 111° 41' 11.544" W
Observer Name
Kobernik
Observation Date
Monday, February 8, 2010
Occurrence Date
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Occurence Time
Unknown

Region:

Location Name or Route
Elevation
9900
Aspect
Northwest
Slope Angle
38
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Depth
2'
Width
400
Vertical
1750
Carried
1
Caught
1
Injured
1
Accident and Rescue Summary

A party of two skiers triggered an avalanche on the northwest face of Gobblers Knob.  One of them was caught and was carried approximately 1500 feet vertical distance.  He was able to grab a tree to avoid getting totally engulfed in the deposition.  He was pinned and his partner located him and helped to free him.  He was able to exit Porter Fork on his own with a shoulder injury.  The victim is a very experienced backcountry skier and snowboarder who many in the community respect his opinion on avalanche conditions.  When people of this caliber are getting caught, it should remind us of just how volatile our dangerous snowpack is this season.

Comments

Speaking with the skier who was not caught, he related that a conversation with the victim the night before included talk of not being co

Comments

This was a very serious ride.  The victim is lucky to escape with only minor injuries.

Comments

This is the deepest portion of the crown face.

Comments

Looking down the track from about mid way.

Map
40° 40' 8.1156" N, 111° 41' 11.544" W