Avalanche: Snake Creek

Observer Name
GDP
Observation Date
Monday, December 19, 2016
Avalanche Date
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Region
Snake Creek
Location Name or Route
Big Daddy's/Rochester Ridge
Elevation
8,300'
Aspect
South
Slope Angle
35°
Trigger
Unknown
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
New Snow
Depth
2'
Width
200'
Vertical
600'
Comments
I was heading up to Rochester Ridge today on my snowmobile to ski Non Dairy Creamer. As I was driving up the lower part of Big Daddy's, I noticed about 2 feet of snow and avalanche debris on the lower part of Big Daddy's, and that the Aspen trees had been taken out by the avalanche. I had thought about driving up to Rochester Ridge yesterday but was concerned about the possibility of an avalanche even though it appeared that nothing had occurred yesterday (Sunday). I noticed some ski tracks to the side of Big Daddy's and several snowmobile tracks today over the avalanche. After I inspected the bottom part of the avalanche and made sure that I couldn't see any skiers or snowmobilers, I went up to Big Flat to take the photos. You can see that the slide began just near the pine tree on the right and went down through the gully. Forecaster: Timing of this slide is unknown, so am guessing it probably occured during or right after the the storm? Switched the date to the 18th?

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