Avalanche: BeaverCreek Canyon

Observer Name
Tanner Gittins/Nate Smoot
Observation Date
Monday, February 20, 2012
Occurrence Date
Monday, February 20, 2012
Occurence Time
Morning

Region:

Location Name or Route
Beaver Creek Area
Elevation
Unknown
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
Unknown
Trigger
Snowmobiler
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
3.5'
Width
60
Vertical
600
Caught
1
Comments

Danger still exists on the weak faceted layer. We triggered this slide on President's Day 2012. Rider ditched the sled and hung on to a smaller Aspen tree or it could have ended very badly. The hill slid down to the faceted layer that has been giving us trouble all year. Very sugary snow. Crown was about 3.5'+, about 60' wide. It ran roughly 500-600 ft. Sled ended up in some trees and pretty mangled. All in all, we got pretty lucky, definitely had someone watching over us today. I had my helmet camera on and got the hole thing on camera. There might be some swear words in the video, but nothing too bad.

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