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Avalanche: Laurel Cirque

Observer Name
Garcia, Ramser
Observation Date
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Avalanche Date
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Region
Moab » Gold Basin » Laurel Cirque
Location Name or Route
Laurel Cirque
Elevation
11,800'
Aspect
Northwest
Slope Angle
Unknown
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
Unknown
Width
600'
Vertical
800'
Comments
Yet another natural avalanche breaking down to the PWL from the 2/7 cycle. This one on a NW aspect above treeline. Depth is unknown as this was viewed from a distance and the bed surface is mostly filled in with 15 inches of new snow, and also some wind-drifted snow. The debris pile is still obvious and is quite large. Strong Southerly winds blew for three straight days and on 2/7 there was 12 inches of new snow with roughly 1.5 inches of SWE. Many natural avalanches have been observed from this cycle.
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