Avalanche: Sound of Music

Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis
Observation Date
Friday, January 31, 2014
Avalanche Date
Friday, January 31, 2014
Salt Lake » Park City Ridgeline » Sound of Music
Location Name or Route
Park City Ridgeline - Sound of Music
Slope Angle
Trigger: additional info
Intentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
New Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface

I remotely triggered this slide when I approached the slope just skiers left of main Sound of Music. I approached fast and put a hard ski cut in on the flats above the slope and two 100 foot wide pockets remotely pulled out a few 100 milliseconds apart. The slabs were a good size, unconnected, but shallow. The new snow ran on top the near surface facets that formed over the ridiculously long dry spell we had. The debris ran through the trees and the tongue was quite a ways down and ran into the gully. Had I just skied right into the bowl I would likely have some messed up knees. The slide was not big enough to bury anyone but certainly could have caused injuries. I think I really need to point this observation out. Over the last few years, with the increased traffic on the ridge line, I've seen skiers doing laps on Sound of Music via a skin track that runs through the aspens where this slide occurred. In fact the old skin track was covered by this slide. I think those that are doing laps on Sound of Music, rather than simply using this terrain to gain access back to Park City, should really look at this seriously. Sound of Music had a half dozen lines on it prior to this slide running so, had someone tried to put a skin track here today, they surely would have been caught and knocked over. This terrain is not conducive to doing laps. It's one and done terrain and should always be treated as such. There was a lower skin track in the gully that was covered as well. This is not the first time I have slide this terrain out. In fact a few years ago I triggered a large slide in the exact same spot and went for a relatively long ride.

Sorry for the lame pics. I really didn't think I would be taking pics of slides today so I didn't bring the good camera. Lesson learned...again. Always bring the good camera.