Avalanche: Hells Canyon

Observer Name
Bill Hunt
Observation Date
Friday, April 1, 2016
Avalanche Date
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Region
Hells Canyon
Location Name or Route
Hells canyon
Elevation
8,300'
Aspect
North
Slope Angle
40°
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Wet Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow
Vertical
1,000'
Comments
A sizeable wet slide appears to have run yesterday afternoon, in Hells canyon. Not clear if this was skier triggered or natural. Deposition about 300 feet in length, 2 to 5 feet deep, leaving a hard ice bed surface, and even scouring a small sidewall on the right. 3rd photo, I threw a ski pole down into the debris for reference. Note the old wet debris on the left, with a blanket of fresh snow.
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