Avalanche: Hallway Couloir

Observation Date
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Avalanche Date
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Region
Hallway Couloir
Location Name or Route
Hallway Couloir
Elevation
10,400'
Aspect
Northwest
Trigger
Snowboarder
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
18"
Width
20'
Vertical
1,000'
Caught
1
Comments

A party of 5 headed to Hallway, with plans to descend into Cardiff Fork.  The first person did a slope cut, and stopped in a safe spot to the side.  The second person started down and after 2 or 3 turns, the avalanche broke out above him.  He was able to cut out to the side to a safe spot, and wasn't carried.  The other three members of the party were at the top, watching from a safe place.  The first two booted back out, and the party left the area.

The slide broke to the ground at the top.

 

Photos taken the next day by Dave Steiner.

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