Avalanche: Moab

Observer Name
Dave Garcia
Observation Date
Monday, January 2, 2017
Avalanche Date
Monday, January 2, 2017
Region
Moab
Location Name or Route
Lone Pine
Elevation
11200
Aspect
North
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer
Density Change
Depth
8"
Width
60
Vertical
175
Comments
This wind slab fractured on our second lap on Lone Pine. We were skiing the slope from right to left. Six tracks on the slope and the seventh triggered the slab. The slab broke at my feet and I was able to ski off it to skiers right with no issue. Check out the photo of our tracks, I would say I was two to three turns in when it broke. I was well below the crown, which broke above where we were skiing. The slope angle noted in this report is an estimate of the angle at the crown. Winds have been moderate the past two days and are still moving the snow around from the Christmas storm. Winds slabs today were somewhat localized. Fresh wind drifts could continue to be a problem this week with a little bit of snow in the forecast and continued winds.
Coordinates

Support the Avalanche Center through your purchases

Discount lift tickets
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the UAC when you purchase your next lift tickets.
Need new gear?
Make your next purchase from our Affiliate Partners and the UAC will receive a portion of the sales.
Shop
Sign up for our newsletters, emails and daily forecasts to stay up to date.
Subscribe