Avalanche: Uintas

Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis
Observation Date
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Avalanche Date
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Region
Uintas
Location Name or Route
Duke Cirque
Elevation
10000
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
37
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
New Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow
Depth
6"
Width
25
Vertical
100
Comments

I was out today skiing some relatively steep trees and set off this little slide.  The area is wind sheltered and the snow was not slabby.  On my way back up I observed the new snow from last night had slid.  This is a really small slide but my take-away was that the new snow had not yet bonded and given a larger slope would be too dangerous to ski or ride.  Prior to skiing this line I ski cut steeper terrain which also slid.  I did not observe any collapses, cracking nor other avalanches in the area.  I was, however; able to get some cracking in heavily wind loaded drifts on the ridge line.

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