Avalanche: Cardiff Bowl

Observer Name
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Observation Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Avalanche Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Region
Cardiff Bowl
Location Name or Route
Cardiff Bowl
Elevation
10,000'
Aspect
Southeast
Slope Angle
38°
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Intentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Wet Snow
Weak Layer
Wet grains
Depth
2.5'
Width
30'
Vertical
450'
Comments

Walking around in Cardiff today I was noticing how saturated the old snow was that was underlying the 5 inches of new snow, on my return from Cardiff I put a ski cut in the top of Cardiff Bowl and triggered a wet slide that rapidly gouged down 2 to 3 feet and widened out to about 30 feet at the toe. The slide ran fairly fast for a wet slide and left a 10 to 15 foot deep debris pile at the bottom. I'm thinking that the rain from yesterday has loosened the bonds between the melt freeze grains and with no solid refreeze in the last few days things are becoming unstable.

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