Avalanche: Porter Fork

Observer Name
P Earle
Observation Date
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Avalanche Date
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Region
Porter Fork
Location Name or Route
Porter Fork
Elevation
8400
Aspect
Northwest
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Remotely Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Depth Hoar
Depth
2'
Width
100
Comments
Saw this on our way up Porter Fork. Was likely triggered remotely by a group of 2 skiers on an adjacent slope, but a small ridge separated the path, so was undetected. Bed surface was hard crust, with facets above. Slide was 2' deep and 100' wide, and filled the gulley with debris. Elsewhere on tour, collapsing was the norm. This slide illustrates connectivity of slab and weak layer uniformity due to the remote trigger.

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