Avalanche: Uintas

Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis
Observation Date
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Occurrence Date
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Occurence Time
10:30am

Region:

Location Name or Route
Duke Cirque
Elevation
10000
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
37
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Storm Slab
Weak Layer
New Snow
Depth
6"
Width
25
Vertical
100
Comments

I was out today skiing some relatively steep trees and set off this little slide.  The area is wind sheltered and the snow was not slabby.  On my way back up I observed the new snow from last night had slid.  This is a really small slide but my take-away was that the new snow had not yet bonded and given a larger slope would be too dangerous to ski or ride.  Prior to skiing this line I ski cut steeper terrain which also slid.  I did not observe any collapses, cracking nor other avalanches in the area.  I was, however; able to get some cracking in heavily wind loaded drifts on the ridge line.

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