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Observer Name: 
Lee Fortin Bill Brandt
Observation Date: 
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Avalanche Date: 
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Elevation: 
7500
Aspect: 
Northeast
Slope Angle: 
34
Trigger: 
Natural
Avalanche Type: 
Hard Slab
Weak Layer: 
New Snow
Depth: 
3'
Width: 
200
Vertical: 
150
Comments: 

 

This slope slides on a regular basis with this type of weather pattern.  A lot of slides wear visible from Cutler Ridge.  The whole Ben Lomond Cirque went towards the end of the storm cycle most likely Saturday evening.  Rodeo ridge also had the normal performers on the east facing slopes which happens with this kind of weather pattern. 

 

At lower elevations (below 7000') the snow at about a 12 inches down is water soaked and looks like facets the top 12 inches is light density.

 

We didn't experience any collapsing or cracking on the way up or down but we skied very conservative lines.

Coordinates: 
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