Observation: Mill A

Observation Date
Observer Name
J. Wright
Salt Lake » Big Cottonwood Canyon » Mill A
Location Name or Route
Mt. Raymond, White Snake, Mill A Basin and Gulch, Butler Fork
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Recent Avalanches
Avalanche Problem #1
Wet Snow
Problem #1 Comments
Snow was frozen solid on all aspects Friday morning. The sun greeted the East face of Raymond at 7:15 AM. The snow began to soften at 8:20. N facing of the summit of Raymond was very firm. We dropped into a line a little to the skiers left of the summit of Raymond around 9 AM and it was still very firm slide for life conditions. Mill A Basin was wind-scoured from SW winds.
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem #2 Comments
Large cornices on E facing Raymond as a result of Westerly winds.
Large destructive avalanche ran from East butler fork down to Butler Fork (R3, D3). Very large and long running avalanche ran down multiple paths of White Snake off Gobblers (R4, D3) and snapped trees on the uphill side across the basin.
Multiple slides observed in Maxfield Basin the ram down NE facing paths into the terrain trap below.
If I were planning to approach Baker Pass next week, I'd approach from Millcreek instead of Butler Fork because the approach via Butler was littered with avy debris to navigate. On Friday morning at 7 temp was 12 degrees, few clouds, no precipitation, light winds, no wind transportation observed.
if you're traveling out there, keep your pointy things out and ready because conditions are variable and you might need to self arrest.
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