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Avalanche: Birthday Chutes

Observer Name
mb
Observation Date
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Avalanche Date
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Region
Birthday Chutes
Location Name or Route
Birthday Chutes
Elevation
10,100'
Aspect
Northwest
Trigger
Skier
Depth
6"
Width
50'
Comments
Was following the skinner up Birthday Chutes this morning, at around 10,100' I stepped off the established skinner to see how the snow was bonding etc, and noticed that the steep middle section of a small test slope had either naturaled or was remotely triggered by the trailbreaking party (or by myself). I stomped the hangfire at the top of the slope and it slid; I took three or four steps forward and the other side of the slope slid, breaking right at my feet. Not deep enough to bury a person on this small test-slope type of terrain, but it was more than enough to turn me around for the day. Sorry for the poor picture quality, phone was having issues with the cold. It was snowing quite heavily even at lower elevations (~6k') when I drove down LCC around 10:30am.

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