Avalanche: Scotts Bowl

Observer Name
Park City Snow Safety
Observation Date
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Occurrence Date
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Region:

Location Name or Route
Scott Bowl unopened ski area terrain
Elevation
9700
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
36
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Remotely Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Storm Slab
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
15"
Width
150
Comments

Via snow safety teams: 


We noticed this from our Silverlode lift around 11:30 on Sunday 12-24-17. We traveled to the area via snowmobile and skinning. Upon arriving we ruled out any ski tracks entering the slide. When we approached closer we came into contact with a lone skier. He stated that he was skiing some low angle terrain adjacent to the West Scotts slide path. He looked into West Scotts and stated that it was it was clear of any slides before he skied. When he stopped at the bottom to skin up he noticed the slide. He stated that it released remotely. He confirmed that he was the only skier in the area. When we skinned further up to investigate we noticed several cracks originating from his ski track.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - 

Please avoid the park city resort areas. They will begin doing control work in Jupiter, McConkey’s, 9990', and Condor areas on Christmas morning and subsequent days. If you have any questions, please check in with resort ski patrol.  Thanks.  

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 2 - 

The patrol was fortunate to talk with and get the story from the skier who remotely triggered the slide from low angle terrain.  

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. Thanks.

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