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Observer Name: 
Alyson Ward
Email: 
alyson.ward@aggiemail.usu.edu
Observation Date: 
Friday, December 29, 2017
Occurrence Date: 
Friday, December 29, 2017
Occurence Time: 
Overnight
Region: 
Hells Kitchen
Location Name or Route: 
Hell's Kitchen
Elevation: 
7000
Aspect: 
Southeast
Slope Angle: 
40
Trigger: 
Natural
Avalanche Type: 
Wet Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer: 
Facets
Depth: 
8"
Width: 
25
Vertical: 
30
Comments: 
This slide is about 1/2 mile up off the Franklin Basin Road up Hell's Kitchen canyon. We've seen it slide here several times on our hike in to ski Steam Mill Peak. Widespread collapsing continues, but instability has gotten deeper with collapsing occurring on the sixth time up the same uptrack. Cracking has decreased, but still occurs on wind loaded east slopes. Upper elevation snow is hanging in there thanks to cool winds that are keeping the snow surface cold despite the relatively high temperature.
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