|Location:||Avalanche triggered in Tenderfoot Trees|
Route & General Observations
Some whoomphing at the bottom at less 5% slope; skinned up Northwest aspect and skied north shot in the TREES.
*An avalanche investigation was done the following day by CNFAIC forecaster, Wendy Wagner, and more info about snowpack structure and terrain can be found HERE.
|Elevation||2300ft||Slope Angle||28deg||Crown Depth||3ft|
We were a party of five + 2 K9, on the second lap. The last skinner heading up heard a whooph and a 3' deep 150' long slide occurred. Skier moved 10'staying atop and stopped. Skier watched dog try to get out and then dog was swallowed by the avalanche. Dog self rescued as the slide stopped. Slide was in the trees with numerous anchors. Using cell phone app and personal experience slope was estimated at 20 degrees at most.
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||Yes||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||Yes||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
Whoomping only at very low angle below.
Snowing like it does in my dreams.
Low to moderate wind on the west aspect while skinning up above the trees to the "first knob".
Variable up to 16" new snow
Informal hand pits. Most likely failed on the deeper of the 2 surface hoar layers, see Heather's 1/1/16 observation