Avalanche: Rolfson

Observer Name
Cade Beck - compiled by Brett Kobernik
Observation Date
Monday, January 18, 2016
Occurrence Date
Monday, January 18, 2016

Region:

Location Name or Route
Nearing upper Rolfson
Elevation
9800
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Snowmobiler
Avalanche Problem
Deep Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Comments

This is a notable avalanche observation.  It occurred in an area that did not avalanche during the Christmas avalanche cycle.  This means that the old weak layers under the entire season's snowpack failed.  This is the only avalanche that we've heard of that has done this since Christmas.  This is quite unnerving as it suggests that other slopes may do the same thing.  This is in an area where wind loading over the last few days probably played a big role.

The exact timing and trigger is speculation but the avalanche certainly released over the last 24 hours and tracks around it very much suggest it was snowmobile triggered.

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Forecaster note:  It was later confirmed that this indeed was triggered by a snowmobiler (photos below). 

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