Accident: Snowbasin Backcountry

Observer Name
abc
Observation Date
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Avalanche Date
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Region
Snowbasin Backcountry
Location Name or Route
ridgeline north of Mt Ogden
Elevation
9300
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
41
Trigger
Snowboarder
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Depth
8"
Width
20
Carried
1
Caught
1
Accident and Rescue Summary

An experienced snowboarder was caught by a small pocket that came out above him in a steep ENE chute, 9300', estimated 8" deep, at least 40 degrees, probably 43. The starting zone about 20 feet wide, propagating to an estimated 50-60 feet wide, and carried him over 300 feet. Luckily it was in an open bowl; he narrowly missed a rock, and was not hurt. 

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