Avalanche: Gold Hill

Observer Name
Ted Sroggin
Observation Date
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Occurrence Date
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Occurence Time
Unknown

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Location Name or Route
Gold Hill Basin
Elevation
10000
Aspect
Northwest
Slope Angle
40
Trigger
Snowmobiler
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Deep Slab
Weak Layer
Depth Hoar
Depth
3.5'
Width
100
Vertical
150
Comments
1. The uphill tracks on the right flank where one rider crossed the slope and found the weak spot and collapsed the slope. 2. This site has had numerous close calls and unfortunately a fatality last season. One of the real dangers here is the debris stops on the bench below and piles up quickly. 3. Only about three and half feet of snow at this location where shallow weak sugary snow develops. 4. This avalanched to the ground.
Comments
1. A nice sun dog over the ridge. 2. This slope is on a northwest aspect around 10,000' and about 40 degrees in steepness. 3. It was a hard slab avalanche, with a 1 finger slab on top of still well developed facets at the ground interface.
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