Avalanche: Hobble Creek Left Fork

Observer Name
Deven Serr
Observation Date
Monday, February 17, 2014
Avalanche Date
Friday, February 14, 2014
Region
Hobble Creek Left Fork
Location Name or Route
Left hand Fork Hobble Creek
Elevation
7,500'
Aspect
Northwest
Slope Angle
45°
Trigger
Natural
Trigger: additional info
Sympathetic Release
Avalanche Type
Wet Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
3'
Width
300'
Vertical
60'
Comments
The areas from 5500' to 8000' had a VERY supportable rock hard crust that was 4-5" thick (the ski skaggs and track lugs barley left a mark in the snow). These elevations were saturated with rain and warmed well above freezing from Feb 10-14th. I noticed a slide broke during the storm cycle Feb 7-9th when the elevation zone received 1-4' of new snow. Once it rained the following week the pictured slide occurred under the heavy loading of the rain and saturated snow. We rode in the area Monday Feb 17th after everything had finally frozen through and it was sierra cement riding conditions to say the least, even the warming of the day into the 40's did not soften the pack much at any elevation below 8k. Above 8k we had 3-6" of dense, soft, creamy snow to make turning conditions enjoyable.
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