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Avalanche: White Baldy

Observer Name
SK
Observation Date
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Avalanche Date
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Region
White Baldy
Location Name or Route
White Baldy
Elevation
10,800'
Aspect
North
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Depth
3'
Carried
1
Caught
1
Comments
Location : north slope below the face of white baldy above white pine lake
 
Slide: 3-4 feet deep at crown apex, propagated down fall line from trigger pocket ~200 feet, then across lower slab another 50+ feet. Tough to see due to visibility. Ran to the lower shelf maybe 400 vertical. 
 
1 carried ~30 feet before self arresting on bed surface. 
 
Density inversion was rampant today but predictable and manageable. This one was a surprise though, while a body length below the big rock face, bi-directional wind slabs stacked on top of each other pulled out with a hair trigger (my ski tip touched it and rip). I was surprised by the wind loading because I expected the large rock face above to protect the slope from the recent southerly winds. Oddly enough, the adjacent slope was only a few degrees less steep but totally fine. 
 
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