Avalanche: Toots to Boot

Observer Name
Jonathan Knight
Observation Date
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Occurrence Date
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Occurence Time
5:00pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Toots to Boot
Elevation
9200
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
35
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Storm Slab
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
12"
Width
60
Vertical
500
Comments
Skied a run in Yellow Jacket and hoofed it over to the top of Toots to Boot as I wanted to descend Alexander instead of the Bowman trail. Off the top, I dropped into the lower angle entrance right of the trees on the south periphery of the shot. The pocket ripped above me at the roll over a hundred or so feet down where the angle likely approaches 35 degrees. I was able to easily traverse left towards the trees off of the soft slab as it continued down into the gut of Toots running on the old crust. It was getting late, or I would have taken some pictures and investigated the slide. The snow from the weekend is the likely culprit, and the crown looked to range from 10 to 18 inches. There was some minor wind effect just off the ridge that may have been a factor.
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