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Avalanche: Mt Olympus

Observer Name
S Tropsa
Observation Date
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Avalanche Date
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Region
Mt Olympus
Location Name or Route
Memorial 2
Elevation
7,600'
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Skier
Depth
18"
Width
35'
Comments
Soft/storm slab
6-16 inches (depending on how protected the location was) of very light density snow was seen on Olympus that seemed to bond fairly well with the old snow surface.
Around 5pm an Eddy seemed to form on the leeward side of Olympus with easterly wind headed up slope. The wind quickly transported the light density snow and in some aspects created a soft slab that broke at the feet but quickly moved down slope once it was liberated.
One ski cut broke out an ~18 inch deep, 35 ft wide slab that ran about 150 feet down slope.
Outside of wind loaded terrain the snow seemed generally stable 

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