Avalanche: Murdock Peak

Observer Name
Paul Daugherty
Observation Date
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Occurrence Date
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Occurence Time
10:30am

Region:

Location Name or Route
Murdock Peak, Todd's Bowl
Elevation
9300
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Remotely Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Depth Hoar
Depth
20"
Width
250
Vertical
200
Comments
Triggered a slide off of the north ridge of Murdock at the head of Todd's Bowl while skiing down the relatively safe north ridge. I could not get close enough to inspect the slide but like everywhere else in the Wasatch it was house of cards before the snow started last weekend (see photo of pit from Friday 12/22/2017). The photos don't show it but the entire slope is fractured from the summit all the way along the ridge. Red flags were evident all day long by the collapsing and propagating cracks.
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