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Avalanche: Lower Funnel

Observer Name
Garcia, Ramser
Observation Date
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Avalanche Date
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Region
Moab » Gold Basin » Lower Funnel
Location Name or Route
Lower Funnel
Elevation
10,300'
Aspect
West
Slope Angle
39°
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
2'
Width
100'
Vertical
125'
Snow Profile Comments
This snow profile was dug at the right flank, just below the crown. The avalanche failed on the facets below the melt freeze crust (P-).
Comments
We happened upon this avalanche while skiing out of Goldminer's on Saturday 2/10. This was a natural avalanche that occurred on 2/7 when the La Sal Range experienced numerous natural avalanches. The bed surface was filled in with about 15 inches of new snow. The depth of the crown averaged about 1.5 ft. while the max depth was just over 2 ft. It is hard to tell from the photos, but the avalanche was about 100 feet wide, it broke all the way over to the trees on the looker's right. The last photo is a snowpit dug near the right flank. The avalanche failed on the layer of facets where you see the crystal card in the photo. This layer produced an ECTP 27.
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