Avalanche: West Desolation Ridge

Observer Name
Hardesty, Wilson, Torrey, Diegel
Observation Date
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Occurrence Date
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Region:

Location Name or Route
West Deso Ridge #1
Elevation
9600
Aspect
North
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Remotely Triggered
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
18"
Width
250
Comments

Prior to remotely triggering both slides, the four of us dug into what was seemingly representative terrain, with three of the four ECT tests showing no results (ECTN).  One of the tests elicited an ECTP27 into old pre-Christmas faceted snow.  

Demonstrates that test results are only a single tool in the tool box in assessing slope stability and certainly far inferior to the other red flag clues.  

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