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Observer Name: 
Chris Wavle
Observation Date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Avalanche Date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Region: 
Claytons
Location Name or Route: 
Clayton Peak
Elevation: 
10500
Aspect: 
East
Slope Angle: 
Unknown
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer: 
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth: 
8"
Width: 
70
Vertical: 
300
Carried: 
1
Caught: 
1
Comments: 
At noon today three of us decided to ski off the east side of Clayton Peak after hiking over from Brighton. Because the peak was shrouded by clouds most of the morning the snow looked perfect and did not appear to be baked. We were keeping eyes on the lower easterly facing slopes and there were no other slides running down the aspect that we were looking to ride. When I dropped into the chute, (right below my two friends in the photo), I made a couple nice turns, and then I saw a crack form right under my tips. I made it out from the rocks without consequence and got bucked off by a hard windlip, (which was the thickest crown on the slide it's in the lower left hand side of the photo). I slid maybe 20ft down in the slide before standing up. Thankfully, it didn't have much power behind it. Right after I skied down there were multiple slides all over Clayton Peak triggered by skiers and snowboarders. The snow must have hit the proper temperature to start sliding right as we got there. Glad to be alright and, as always, the mountains demand respect! *sizes of the slide is an estimation
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