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Avalanche: Stairs Gulch

Observer Name
Kevin d
Observation Date
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Avalanche Date
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Region
Stairs Gulch
Location Name or Route
Stairs Gulch
Elevation
8,900'
Aspect
North
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
unknown
Width
50'
Carried
1
Caught
1
Injured
1
Comments
After a few hundred feet of skiing down stairs gulch 3 people one at a time. We met at a safe spot and I skied the next zone. While skiing down there was a choke with a cliff band above it. I skied into the choke and the snow cracked at my feet and propagated up to the cliff band. The snow carried me over a 15 ft icefall and dropped me into the snowfield below. The snow was over my head a few times but I was able to get back to the top before it settled. Minor injuries occurred but I was able to self extricate.

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