Avalanche: Banana Days

Observer Name
Curtis G. Freeman
Observation Date
Friday, March 24, 2017
Avalanche Date
Friday, March 24, 2017
Region
Banana Days
Location Name or Route
Banana Days
Elevation
9800
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Intentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Wet Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
6"
Width
30
Vertical
600
Comments
A ski cut on the upper slope easily produced a loose wet slide that ran for several hundred feet. By 11 AM, east facing slopes already were too warm. That combined with the frozen graupel layer beneath the new snow made for very reactive snow. Avalanche size is approximate, but the slide was definitely large enough to send someone for a ride.

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