Avalanche: Elk Point

Observer Name
Bruce Tremper
Observation Date
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Occurrence Date
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Occurence Time
4:30pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Northeast Face of Elk Point
Elevation
10200
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Natural
Comments

A natural avalanche occurred on the northeast face of Elk Point and descended to the apron at the bottom.  We were conducting a rescue scenario with Utah County 'Search and Rescue and we decided to not utilize the previously set up rescue scenario site because it was too close to the runout for this avalanche path, which sometimes comes too close to the Aspen Grove parking lot in conditions like these.  We decided to pull it back to near the upper most buildings in the canyon.  It sounds like it was a good call because it ran naturally later in the afternoon.  It reportedly did not reach near the parking lot but nonetheless I'm glad we gave the path a wide berth today.

There was 2 feet of dense snow combined with wind and rising temperature, which triggered a number of natural avalanches in the area including this one.

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