11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observer Name: 
Jake Hutchinson
Observation Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Avalanche Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Location Name or Route: 
North Face Cardiff Peak
Elevation: 
9900
Aspect: 
Northeast
Slope Angle: 
36
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Intentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
New Snow
Weak Layer: 
New Snow
Depth: 
6"
Width: 
175
Vertical: 
150
Comments: 

Getting ready to traverse from Intermediate Ridge back to main ridge and exit back to Alta.  Stopped group high under rocks to discuss strategy.  Reached forward to do a quick hand pit and triggered the slide as my weight shifted.  It was unintentional but not unexpected.  What was unexpected, was the sensitivity of the new snow and how far it propagated and ran.  It was mostly harmless but did stack up enough snow in the trees to bury a person.  Depth ranged from 3" to 12".  I also remotely triggered the North Face of Cardiff Peak on our way out, the entire width 6-10" deep and running over the cliff band.  With the slick "graupel" footing today, either of these slides were capable of causing a person to lose balance or be knocked over and could be consequential in some terrain.

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