Zack Little, Sam Hoffman
Friday, December 2, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Salt Lake » Big Cottonwood Canyon » Bear Trap
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Persistent Weak Layer
Snow Profile Comments
We dug a quick pit to the ground on a W/NW at 8900'. Slope angle 29º, height of snow 97cm with ski penetration 35cm, boot penetration 90cm. Notable results included CT2 SC, ECTP1, PST24/100 END at 65cm from the ground on the November NSF layer (buried by recent storm). We suspect this was the same layer that the avalanche reported below failed on. While observed avalanche activity was minimal today, it will be important to keep an eye on this weak-layer as the slab develops in the upcoming storm.
While traveling up Beartrap Fork, we noted this D1.5 avalanche on the skiers left side of the approach gully. We are unsure when this avalanche exactly occurred during the storm. The debris went into the typical skin track with up to 4-5' of snow in certain places, and while small, this slide could have buried a human considering it went into a gully. We assume (based on pit results noted below) that this released sometime during the 12/1-12/2 storm, on the the persistent NSF layer. Collapsing and cracking was noted on low/mid elevations on all aspects.