Route & General Observations
Addition to Mark Norquist’s detailed observation (his party saw the slide from the top and got a look at the crown).
|Trigger||Skier||Avalanche Type||Soft Slab||Aspect||East|
|Elevation||3300ft||Slope Angle||37deg||Crown Depth||15in|
Slab broke between the two of us in our party during the 9th and 10th pass of the day on the skin track, likely from a thin spot. Skier #1 stood atop the slab. Skier #2 was able to arrest on the bed surface almost immediately.
We quickly descended to verify that the other three skiers previously in the area (who we began the day with and left the zone before us) had successfully exited.
Our earlier ski partners had seen the crown from near the parking lot. Two returned to the area while the third drove for help if needed.
No obvious signs of instability observed during tour.
Light breeze. ~0-10'F
Slight wind effect (skin) in areas on week-old settled powder. Crust down low.
No formal stability tests. Several hand pits, shovel sheer, and rudimentary search for buried surface hoar.