Avalanche: Fairgrounds

Observer Name
T Wolford
Observation Date
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Occurrence Date
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Occurence Time
Afternoon

Region:

Location Name or Route
Fairgrounds
Elevation
9300
Aspect
Southeast
Slope Angle
40
Trigger
Snowmobiler
Trigger: additional info
Repeater
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
2.5'
Width
300
Vertical
450
Comments

Observer witnessed another snowmobiler trigger the avalanche and manage to not get caught. The slab broke at the rollover where the slope is the steepest. This is the same area where two previous accidents (in past seasons) have occurred including two fatalities and one miraculous recovery from a full and lengthy burial.

 The avalanche is a repeater, having avalanched during the pre-Christmas avalanche cycle. 

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