Avalanche: Claytons

Observer Name
Chris Wavle
Observation Date
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Occurrence Date
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Occurence Time
12:00pm

Region:

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 Slab
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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