11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observer Name: 
Will Kelley
Observation Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Avalanche Date: 
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Region: 
Moab
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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