Avalanche: Wolf Creek Pass

Observer Name
Craig Gordon
Observation Date
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Occurrence Date
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Occurence Time
1:30pm

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Location Name or Route
Wolf Creek Pass
Elevation
9500
Aspect
North
Slope Angle
35
Trigger
Snowmobiler
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Surface Hoar
Depth
2'
Width
150
Vertical
100
Snow Profile Comments


Couple inches of ultra fluff at the surface with a nice homogenous fist to four finger slab resting on well preserved surface hoar.

Comments

I rolled up to this freshly triggered slide yesterday near Wolf Creek Pass as the dust was settling. It was a nice sized pocket measuring 2 feet deep and 150 feet wide, only running 100 feet vertically due to terrain features. This slide occurred on a wind sheltered North aspect at 9,500 feet and failed on well preserved Surface Hoar. This avalanche illustrates the kind of avalanche issue we're dealing with the next couple days.

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