Avalanche: Catherine's Pass

Observer Name
Nelson Abanto
Observation Date
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Avalanche Date
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Region
Catherine's Pass
Location Name or Route
Rocky Point Chutes
Elevation
10,400'
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
38°
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Cornice Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
New Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow
Depth
12"
Width
50'
Vertical
200'
Comments
As I went up toward Rocky Point I came across a cornice overhanging an east facing chute. One kick released a substantial but soft cornice, about snowmobile size. The entire chute fractured (50 ft.) about one foot deep. All the new snow went but I don't think anything else went. As this chute funnels into a narrow passageway. Being caught in this slide would have been very unpleasant . The slide uncovered several large rocks. I have to say I was surprised by how sensitive the new snow was.
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