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Avalanche: Other Regions

Location: Dutch Hills

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Route & General Observations

Petersville region to the Dutch Hills – several remotely triggered avalanches.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect SoutheastElevation 2300ft
Slope Angle 40degCrown Depth 24in
Width 60ftVertical Run 300ft
Avalanche Details

Rider traveling up the valley floor proceeding to shelf. Multiple small scale avalanches breaking approximately 800 feet above the rider as he proceeded up. More remote avalanche triggers due to the initial avalanche. No one caught, the rider saw the slides and was able to get out of the runout zone. The debris pile was 6+ feet.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Shooting cracks in lower and upper elevation. evidence of recent avalanche activity in surrounding mountains. Recent storm with 24" of light power snow. Surface hoar under first layer of recent snow as well had wind blown crust layers 30" down.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

10 degrees, wind gusting, partly sunny with storm approaching.

Snow surface

24" new snow at avalanches elevation. dry powder snow observed.

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