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Observer Name: 
Karen
Observation Date: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Avalanche Date: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Region: 
Beaver Mountain Backside
Location Name or Route: 
Beaver Mountain Periphery (Descending below the ridge that runs south of Beaver Mountain)
Elevation: 
8000
Aspect: 
East
Slope Angle: 
28
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Wet Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
New Snow
Weak Layer: 
Wet grains
Depth: 
14"
Width: 
10
Vertical: 
70
Comments: 
While skiing down a slope on the backside of beaver, my partner and I stopped to evaluate the terrain. We decided to descend the next open pitch one at a time. They went first and when they got to the bottom I began descending. While descending, I suddenly noticed that there were signs of snow removed and carried to a debris pile by a previous avalanche (about 10 feet across and 70 vertical feet). I stopped when I made this observation and then saw an avalanche right next to me about 8 feet across move down the slope and stop where the slope of the terrain became more gradual. The avalanche was a thick, slow flowing slab. The slope appeared to be no more than 25 to 30 degrees although a measurement was not taken. The sun had came out a few hours ago and was heating up this open East/Southeast facing slope.
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