Avalanche: Emma Ridges

Observer Name
slp
Observation Date
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Occurrence Date
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Occurence Time
3:30pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Emma Ridge
Elevation
9800
Aspect
South
Slope Angle
35
Trigger
Skier
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
18"
Width
20
Vertical
800
Comments
5 or 6 turns down the Emma ridge that goes to the top of the Silver Fork Headwall, a soft wind slab cracked out and ran down the wide open gulley to the skier's left of the ridge. I knew the new snow was not bonded well with the sun crest and had lots of cracking in other spots during turns but this was the only one that ran. Visibility was not very good so only guessing how far it went based on the cloud I could see. I was surprised how far it went and how narrow it was. Hopefully these instabilities will settle out quickly.
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