Avalanche: Little Water Peak

Observer Name
Hardesty, Staples
Observation Date
Monday, February 4, 2019
Avalanche Date
Monday, February 4, 2019
Region
Little Water Peak
Location Name or Route
Firewater
Elevation
9,500'
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Cornice Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
3'
Width
200'
Vertical
500'
Snow Profile Comments
Profile at midpoint of crown. Profile from skier's right side further below.
Comments
Unintentional cornice release triggered this avalanche to the ground.  Cornice was perhaps 30' wide and triggered the 77-117 cm slab (30-46 inches) above faceted grains (repeater) which then propagated both to the east and the west with a total width of roughly 150' wide.  Avalanche propagated into much deeper snowpack areas toward the skier's right flank. 
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