Avalanche: GE Hill/Skyline Summit

Observer Name
Steve Cote
Observation Date
Friday, February 19, 2016
Occurrence Date
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Region:

Location Name or Route
GE Hill Skyline (top)
Elevation
9800
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Cornice
Weak Layer
New Snow
Depth
5"
Width
20
Vertical
20
Comments

Soft slab just under the cornice, a number of these were seen along the ridge tops, while we only had about 2 to 3 inches of snow, high winds built up the cornices. The winds were strong enough to take out tops of a number of trees just below the ridge.  Snow surface was soft powder with still some loose snow available for transport. As I was leaving the south winds were picking up and loading the cornices.  The cornices were welded in place and only the new snow would break loose.

Comments

Not very dangerous unless found on a repeater, this area was vary stable, could not get ski pole to go down through the layer below the new snow

Comments

Old avalanche slide from December, just west of first picture, snow slab in slide path was vary dense not a hazard.

Comments

This is a natural slide just East of Kowboy's ride in Huntington cny.  Looks like a natural from last week before the new snow.

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