Avalanche: Bald Mountain

Observer Name
Ted Scroggin
Observation Date
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Occurrence Date
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Occurence Time
2:00pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Bald Mountain
Elevation
10400
Aspect
North
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
2.5'
Width
70
Vertical
100
Comments
One of those observations that are not easy to submit, but a real good learning experience this afternoon. I triggered this small pocket while skiing down a north facing slope on Bald Mt. I knew the area had a shallow snow pack this year and was thinking to myself that normally the area should be more filled in than it is, but I lost sight of the conditions and was focused on the skiing. Fortunatley, the terrain lost slope angle fairly quickly and the avalanche did not get going very fast which allowed me to get off to the side without problem. It was the classic heard and felt the collapse, watched the slope buckle and knew I was in the wrong place.
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