Avalanche: Cardiff Bowl

Observer Name
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Observation Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Occurrence Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Occurence Time
2:00pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Cardiff Bowl
Elevation
10000
Aspect
Southeast
Slope Angle
38
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Intentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Loose Wet Snow
Weak Layer
Wet grains
Depth
2.5'
Width
30
Vertical
450
Comments

Walking around in Cardiff today I was noticing how saturated the old snow was that was underlying the 5 inches of new snow, on my return from Cardiff I put a ski cut in the top of Cardiff Bowl and triggered a wet slide that rapidly gouged down 2 to 3 feet and widened out to about 30 feet at the toe. The slide ran fairly fast for a wet slide and left a 10 to 15 foot deep debris pile at the bottom. I'm thinking that the rain from yesterday has loosened the bonds between the melt freeze grains and with no solid refreeze in the last few days things are becoming unstable.

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