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Avalanche: Catchers Mit

Observer Name
L. Dunn
Observation Date
Monday, March 4, 2019
Avalanche Date
Monday, March 4, 2019
Region
Catchers Mit
Location Name or Route
Catchers Mitt/ Lower High Pockets
Elevation
9,000'
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
Unknown
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Dry Loose
Avalanche Problem
New Snow
Depth
6"
Width
20'
Vertical
200'
Comments
On east to northeast aspect steep slopes it was still possible to trigger shallow loose snow avalanches when skiing steep gullies and breakovers.  One small slide was triggered by a skier in our party, he just skied off to the side and watched it go for about 200 vertical.  I saw a skier on a steep line in High Pockets trigger a fairly substantial loose snow avalanche/sluff while he was descending a steep ridge line.  Again the skier just skied off to the side and the slide went by without consequence.  These slides are big enough that they could be problems if they hit you above a cliff band or rock outcropping, but otherwise they are manageable. 
Comments
Snow on the north side of the compass was still excellent today, but everything from due east and southward was developing at least a zipper crust.

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