11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observer Name: 
Nathan Chaszeyka
Observation Date: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Avalanche Date: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Location Name or Route: 
Silver Fork, Meadow Chutes
Elevation: 
9600
Aspect: 
East
Slope Angle: 
Unknown
Trigger: 
Skier
Trigger: additional info: 
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer: 
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth: 
13"
Width: 
100
Vertical: 
1250
Snow Profile Comments: 

Due to unsafe conditions, we were unable to gather any snow profile data from the crown. 

Comments: 

Shooting cracks and collapsing had occurred in several locations prior to triggering this slide so our guard was up.

While skinning on the ridge proper, we triggered this slide skinning above a wind loaded area. It started as a shooting crack across the width of the area that slide and was accompanied by a large settlement. The snow shifted, hung up momentarily then quickly gathered momentum and flushed the full run of the slide path. 

The weak layer appeared to be the new/old snow interface from the 1/6 storm. 

 

Coordinates: 
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