Avalanche: South of Snowbasin

Observer Name
Hardesty
Observation Date
Friday, March 16, 2012
Occurrence Date
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Occurence Time
Afternoon

Region:

Location Name or Route
Dot-Com Area
Elevation
7500
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Weak Layer
Surface Hoar
Depth
16"
Width
70
Vertical
Unknown
Comments

Loose wet snow cascading over the rocky/cliffband section triggered this soft slab.  Unstable wet snow conditions precluded investigation of the crown, however, tests in adjacent terrain led me to believe that it failed on intact 8mm SH likely buried in early February.

Comments

SH failed cleanly in multiple tests in adjacent terrain.  Note how the warmth has affected the once crisp SH feathers.

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