Avalanche: LSB North

Observer Name
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Observation Date
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Avalanche Date
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Region
LSB North
Location Name or Route
N facing Cardiff
Elevation
10,300'
Aspect
North
Slope Angle
37°
Trigger
Skier
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
10"
Width
50'
Vertical
250'
Comments

Saw this skier triggered wind slab on my way to LSB this morning, in a north facing chute between LSB and the sub ridge in Cardiff Fork off the LCC ridge line. Look to be skier triggered it had tracks around it and coming out of it. 10 inches at its deepest point and about 50ft wide, ran on the old snow surface from earlier in the week. The S-SW winds have been loading the N facing just down off the ridge line for a couple days now and it looks like someone found the sweet spot in this N facing chute. Looked big enough to carry you but not big enough to do any damage, could have been a different story in steep unforgiving terrain. Maybe the people that triggered it will have more info.

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