Avalanche: Hogum

Observer Name
Caleb
Observation Date
Friday, March 31, 2017
Avalanche Date
Friday, March 31, 2017
Region
Hogum
Location Name or Route
Hogam Fork
Elevation
11,100'
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
42°
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Wet Snow
Weak Layer
Density Change
Depth
8"
Width
Unknown
Comments
I was out for the past few days in Hogam Fork camping and skiing. On Friday the 31st of March we woke up to about 4" of new snow at 10,000'. By 10:45 the temperature was hovering just above freezing. The skies were cloudy and it seemed like some green housing was happening. We started seeing rollerballs on the steep east facing thunder ridge around 12:30. At 1300 the sun finally poked out of the clouds and immediately started a natural avalanche cycle. While skiing lower angle trees we watched all of the east faces naturally sluff and entrain decent amounts of snow with avalanches ranging from R1D1 to R3D2. At 1310 South facing aspects started to natural in the same fashion and by 1330 the SW and W facing slopes were going natural. All starting zones appeared to be over 40 degrees and running on the underlying crust. Of all the naturals we saw, the Hogum 200 created the largest debris pile (approximately 3 to 4 ft deep) . Sorry I don't have any good pictures.

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