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Avalanche: Cutler Ridge

Observer Name
Bill Brandt
Observation Date
Friday, March 8, 2019
Avalanche Date
Friday, March 8, 2019
Region
Cutler Ridge
Location Name or Route
Upper Cutler Ridge
Elevation
8,500'
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
38°
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
2'
Width
100'
Vertical
400'
Carried
1
Caught
1
Comments
Skied 2 prior runs on same aspect without incident. Ski cuts and jumping on slope rollovers produced no results on these runs and on similar slopes leading to the slope that slid. On the third run a ski cut less than 40 yards away on a slope of the same aspect and steepness produced no results. The third slope released as skier 1 entered slope. Skier 1 was able to ski off of soft slab to the right and stop against a tree after traveling about 100 ft downhill. Skier 1 was knocked over at edge of slide, not buried or injured. This area that slid was steeper and more wind loaded than the other 2 slopes skied. The slide ran on the new snow old snow interface.
Comments
Photos of crown and upper edge of debris field.

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