Accident: Yamaha Hill

Observer Name
Craig Gordon
Observation Date
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Occurrence Date
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Occurence Time
Unknown

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Location Name or Route
Elevation
10100
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Snowmobiler
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
4'
Width
600
Vertical
500
Carried
1
Caught
1
Buried - Fully
1
Killed
1
Accident and Rescue Summary

Details are still being sifted through, but what we know is this- a father and his three sons left the Bear River Service trailhead and rode their snowmobiles towards the Moffit Basin and ultimately landed near Yamaha Hill. Hayden Ellingford waited at the bottom of the slope as one of the riders from the group took a bite low on the slope above him, triggering a large avalanche. An organized outside rescue party found the man at approx. 17:54. He was not wearing a beacon nor did any members in his party have rescue equipment.

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