Avalanche: Butler Basin

Observer Name
Sean
Observation Date
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Occurrence Date
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Occurence Time
10:00am

Region:

Location Name or Route
Gobblers/Butler Basin
Elevation
10000
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
38
Trigger
Snowboarder
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Loose Wet Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
6"
Width
50
Vertical
300
Comments
Unintentional slide triggered in the Gobblers/Butler Basin area this morning around 10am. The sun had been shining on the slope for approx. 2 hours prior, however the snow seemed fairly dry at the top. After a couple hundred feet I looked upslope and saw the slide moving at snail pace; it looked like someone had poured concrete down the slope. After moving safely away from the runout zone I hoped to get my camera out in time to capture a video, but was a bit too slow as the debris had just settled. My partner dropped the same line, hoping to examine the crown/sidewalls, and triggered two more smaller sluffs that ran on the original bed surface for a hundred feet or so. As we were leaving we noticed that two natural slides had recently occurred in the area; a wet slide on a southern aspect and a point release on an eastern aspect.
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