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Observer Name: 
lara kendall
Observation Date: 
Friday, January 16, 2015
Avalanche Date: 
Friday, January 16, 2015
Location Name or Route: 
Little Water Peak
Elevation: 
9500
Aspect: 
Northeast
Slope Angle: 
39
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Remotely Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer: 
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth: 
18"
Width: 
50
Vertical: 
300
Comments: 

We reached the top of Little Water Peak shortly after noon today. The wind was blowing out of the SW and loading the high northerly facing terrain. We approached the N ridge to try to get out of the direct wind and gear up for our decent. The top was completely wind stripped so we came onto the ridge from the west, just lower than the peak. The weight of us (three skiers) was enough to remotely trigger the wind slab about 50ft down the ridge from where we stood. Shooting cracks came up the ridge to our feet. I'm estimating it was about 50ft wide and 1-2ft deep. Light was flat and we didnt have a good view of the entire slide from the ridge. Sorry, no photos.  

We skied down the ridge a little and another small NE facing pocket pulled out. The slope was not steep enough for it to run far (maybe 40 feet), but solid evidence of the wind loading that was occurring!! Photo of second pocket below.

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