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Observer Name: 
Meisenheimer/Gordon
Observation Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Occurrence Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Occurence Time: 
Afternoon
Region: 
Wolf Creek Pass
Location Name or Route: 
Wolf Creek Pass
Elevation: 
9800
Aspect: 
Northeast
Slope Angle: 
36
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Intentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Hard Slab
Weak Layer: 
Facets
Depth: 
3'
Width: 
125
Vertical: 
400
Comments: 

 Craig and I were walking on the ridge and triggered this avalanche from a safe distance. Avalanche ran on facets. With additional loading forecasted, this won't be the last one of these monsters awaiting a trigger. Please be careful.....

The WARNING signs are there. DONT IGNORE THEM.

1. Recent Avalanches

2. Cracking/Collapsing 

3. Wind.

 

 

Comments: 

Weak, sugary facets are the culprit. Here you can see them glisten in the sun.

Comments: 

This avalanche was intentionally triggered from a safe spot on a low angle ridge.

Comments: 

The crown of this avalanche has very distinct layering formed by recent wind events. All this strong snow sits on very weak sugary snow near the ground.... bad combination.

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