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Near Miss: Turnagain

Location: Lipps Ridge

Date
Thu, December 29th, 2016
Activity
Ski
Fatalities
0
Summary
Three skiers caught, carried and all unharmed.
Accident Report

Skier triggered avalanche on the lower Southwest aspect of Lipps ridge. Three skiers caught while ascending on skins. All were carried around 300’, 2 ended up on the surface of the debris and one skier partially buried. Everyone ok, lost gear.

Avalanche Details:
Avalanche Code: HS/SS-ASu-D2-R1-I/O
Trigger – Skier
Aspect – SW
Angle – Estimated 35-40 degrees
Elevation – 2300′
Crown Depth – estimated 1-2′
Width – estimated 300′
Vertical Runout – estimated 500′
Weak Layer – Suspected facets
Debris depth – Estimated 3’ by party, possibly deeper in spots