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Observer Name: 
Gordon/Meisenheimer
Observation Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012
Occurrence Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012
Occurence Time: 
11:00am
Region: 
Whiskey Hill
Location Name or Route: 
Whisky Hill
Elevation: 
9000
Aspect: 
Northeast
Slope Angle: 
37
Trigger: 
Snowmobiler
Trigger: additional info: 
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Hard Slab
Weak Layer: 
Facets
Depth: 
3'
Width: 
300
Vertical: 
350
Carried: 
1
Caught: 
1
Buried - Fully: 
1
Injured: 
1
Accident and Rescue Summary: 

The group did not have avalanche rescue gear, but luckily they kept a close eye on their partner and when the dust settled they went to the last seen point where they saw a helmet visor sticking out of the snow. The group frantically dug with their hands and uncovered their friend who sustained serious leg injuries.

Comments: 

Four friends got together for an annual snowmobile trip. They played on the low angle terrain adjacent to Whiskey Hill without incident. They moved on and decided to start climbing the terrain low on the slope of Whiskey Hill. One rider went higher than the others, about mid slope, when he triggered the avalanche which broke well above him.

Comments: 

Trent hikes up the bed surface to investigate the properties of this hard slab avalanche.

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