Avalanche: Moab

Observer Name
Will Kelley
Observation Date
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Occurrence Date
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Occurence Time
11:00am

Region:

Location Name or Route
Horse creek drainage off Laurel Ridge
Elevation
10300
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Skier
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Depth
13"
Width
25
Vertical
70
Comments

After digging a pit, examining the snow pack, and performing a shovel compression test our group decided to ski the North East Aspect of Laurel Ridge draining into Horse Creek. This shot is about 30-36 degrees. One at a time to safe zones we descended the run. About half way down I skied over a crown about 25 ft. across. At that moment I popped a small soft slab as I cut across the slope to a safe zone. I had cut loose some more of the slope above the original crown. No one was buried or injured in our party. Just a slight increase in pitch changed the character of the snow pack.

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