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Observer Name: 
GDP
Observation Date: 
Monday, December 19, 2016
Avalanche Date: 
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Region: 
Snake Creek
Location Name or Route: 
Big Daddy's/Rochester Ridge
Elevation: 
8300
Aspect: 
South
Slope Angle: 
35
Trigger: 
Unknown
Avalanche Type: 
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
New Snow
Depth: 
2'
Width: 
200
Vertical: 
600
Comments: 
I was heading up to Rochester Ridge today on my snowmobile to ski Non Dairy Creamer. As I was driving up the lower part of Big Daddy's, I noticed about 2 feet of snow and avalanche debris on the lower part of Big Daddy's, and that the Aspen trees had been taken out by the avalanche. I had thought about driving up to Rochester Ridge yesterday but was concerned about the possibility of an avalanche even though it appeared that nothing had occurred yesterday (Sunday). I noticed some ski tracks to the side of Big Daddy's and several snowmobile tracks today over the avalanche. After I inspected the bottom part of the avalanche and made sure that I couldn't see any skiers or snowmobilers, I went up to Big Flat to take the photos. You can see that the slide began just near the pine tree on the right and went down through the gully. Forecaster: Timing of this slide is unknown, so am guessing it probably occured during or right after the the storm? Switched the date to the 18th?
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