11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observer Name: 
Michael Janulaitis
Observation Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Avalanche Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Location Name or Route: 
Hoyt Peak
Elevation: 
10000
Aspect: 
Northeast
Slope Angle: 
40
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
New Snow
Weak Layer: 
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth: 
18"
Width: 
250
Vertical: 
400
Carried: 
1
Caught: 
1
Comments: 

I set off this R4 D2 slide on Hoyt Peak today and got caught. Prior and up above I safely ski cut and sluffed out the slope in the very steep terrain.  I have been watching this slope all season and it had not yet slid which is unusual. I was hoping the snowpack had bridged the covered rock band in the top third of the slope and in fact I was right. Although I had already sluffed out the slope, I made the mistake of thinking the slope would not slab out on me or if it did I would be able to get off to the side quick enough. After carefully skiing the 50+ degree terrain up top I straight ran the even steeper covered rock band.  Once I cleared the rock band and now on lower angle prime avalanche terrain, I made the mistake of checking a little speed which resulted in the slab pulling out. I lost a pole, goggles and my dignity but left with my life, my skis, my hat, a pole and my pack.

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