Avalanche: Summit

Location: Fresno

Route & General Observations

Out for a tour in deep and heavy new snow. Lots of work to gain the south plateau of Fresno.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Visualized natural avalanches on wind loaded terrain. Crown depth looked to be anywhere from 1-4 feet (photo attached)

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

Able to initiate soft slab avalanches on wind loaded test slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Actively snowing. Little to no wind at the road. North easterly sustained wind above tree line. Sun by the end of our tour!

Snow surface

Different consistencies of new snow. Heavier snow on top of lighter snow. Greater consistency of snow quality above 1600 feet. Identifiable wind transport above tree line with firmer snow on top of the lower density snow.

Photos & Video
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