Avalanche: Moab

Observer Name
Chris Benson
Observation Date
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Avalanche Date
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Region
Moab
Location Name or Route
Colorado Bowl
Elevation
10900
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
35
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Repeater
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Loose Dry Snow
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
6"
Width
20
Vertical
500
Comments
We observed 3 relatively small soft slab avalanches that started in the recent storm/wind slab but then quickly became more of a loose-dry avalanche due to the abundance of faceted snow below. All 3 slide were relatively shallow 6" and about 20-30' wide. 2 of the slides were triggered by a snowmobile high marking on a 35 degree east facing slope. The larges of the slides started in a "repeat offender"- a path that had clearly run before this season, (an old crown was visible).
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