Accident: Snowbasin Backcountry

Observer Name
abc
Observation Date
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Occurrence Date
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Occurence Time
Afternoon

Region:

Location Name or Route
ridgeline north of Mt Ogden
Elevation
9300
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
41
Trigger
Snowboarder
Avalanche Problem
Wind Slab
Depth
8"
Width
20
Carried
1
Caught
1
Accident and Rescue Summary

An experienced snowboarder was caught by a small pocket that came out above him in a steep ENE chute, 9300', estimated 8" deep, at least 40 degrees, probably 43. The starting zone about 20 feet wide, propagating to an estimated 50-60 feet wide, and carried him over 300 feet. Luckily it was in an open bowl; he narrowly missed a rock, and was not hurt. 

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