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Avalanche: Gold Basin

Observer Name
Garcia, Robertson
Observation Date
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Avalanche Date
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Region
Moab » Gold Basin
Location Name or Route
Gold Basin
Elevation
10,600'
Aspect
West
Slope Angle
45°
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
2'
Width
25'
Vertical
70'
Comments
Skied over a steep west facing roll and triggered a small avalanche. The slope angle at crown is 45 degrees, but the slope angle quickly mellows out. The avalanche was very slow moving and I was able to ski out well ahead of it. The slab was fist to four finger on top of buried facets. The way this slide broke out is a good illustration of the distribution of the weak layer. You can see how it follows the shadows and the crown propagated to the skiers left into the shade of the large trees. The sunny slope to the lookers left was unreactive. This slope is between Gold Miners and Showoff on the ski out of Gold Basin.
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