11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik
Observation Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Avalanche Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Location Name or Route: 
Upper Potters Canyon
Elevation: 
10600
Aspect: 
Northeast
Trigger: 
Natural
Avalanche Problem: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer: 
Density Change
Comments: 

This natural avalanche released during a bump in wind speeds late Tuesday.  With no signigicant weak layers in the snowpack, this avalanche was purely related to wind overloading a lee slope.  That is, wind took powder snow from the west facing slopes and rapidly deposited it on the east facing slopes so fast that the slope released and avalanched.  A chunk of cornice falling onto the slope was the most likely trigger.

Coordinates: 
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