Avalanche: Big Horseshoe

Observer Name
Brett Kobernik
Observation Date
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Occurrence Date
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Occurence Time
2:30pm

Region:

Location Name or Route
Big Horseshoe
Elevation
10800
Aspect
Northeast
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Width
250
Vertical
900
Comments

I just so happened to crest a ridge and look over at the Big Horseshoe and WATCH two avalanches release naturally.  Spectacular!  The southwest wind was blowing enough to produce plumes and there is no doubt that the added weight of the wind drifted snow pushed the weak snowpack over the edge.

The photo below is of two different avalanches that released either late Thursday or early Friday.  I took the photo on Friday but highlighted in red the two avalanches that I watched release today.

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