Avalanche: Saddleback Ridge (lower)

Observer Name
Jason Wooden
Observation Date
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Avalanche Date
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Region
Saddleback Ridge (lower)
Location Name or Route
Lower Saddleback Ridge, North Logan Bench
Elevation
6,000'
Aspect
Northwest
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
2.5'
Width
450'
Vertical
Unknown
Comments
Party of two skiers had recent acy forecast and observed fractures that had occurred some time previously along the  windslab-loaded ridgeline they were climbing near. Skier 1 made a precautionary ski cut at the top of the descent across the narrowest part of the wind slab and to access safer snow in the other side of the crux. Wind slab broke 20‘ below the skier and the entire ridge collapsed and slid to within 150‘ of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail below.  After discussion and assessment, skier 1 continued the line  parallel to the slide runout to the bottom while skier 2 descended by foot down the shallow, south facing slope north of the slide. 
Comments
Forecaster Note: I added these photos the day after to better illustrate the proximity to houses below. The Bonneville Shoreline trail is a very popular walking trail that also sits directly below these low elevation slide paths. With a bit more snow depth or different conditions, avalanches could easily run closer to the trail as well as the houses. This area is just south of Green Canyon and is easily accessible by sledders, snowshoers, skiers, etc. - Paige Pagnucco

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