Avalanche: Duke Bowl

Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis
Observation Date
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Occurrence Date
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Occurence Time
2:30pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Duke
Elevation
10200
Aspect
Northwest
Slope Angle
40
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Storm Slab
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
2'
Width
100
Vertical
200
Comments

Getting a little too confident in the snow pack I was skiing some lines I only ski a few times a year in spring and triggered this little slide.  I did not realize until after I looked over my shoulder a few hundred feet down that the slope had failed.  The snow failed on a melt-freeze layer that was formed 1.5 to 2 weeks ago during our last hot high pressure cycle.  Notice you can see the two layers of snow in the crown pic, snow from last Thursday and snow from the last 4 days.  This terrain rolls, has large rocks on the surface and get's wind scoured or loaded depending on the direction of wind and force.  This terrain also slide on Dec. 24th.

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