Avalanche: Summit

Location: Manitoba North facing mini gold zone

Route & General Observations

Toured up to the peak of Manitoba then rode down the northern side and stopped around 2,400ft to play around on some north facing mini golf lines.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North
Elevation 2400ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 8inWidth 50ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Avalanche Details

Dug 2 pits in the vicinity in search of the possibility of the lingering persistent slab. We did not find the weak sugary snow seen in recent forecasts and observations, and neither pit failed on the ECT. One pit produced an eyebrow raising shovel shear so we decided to take our first run on a shorter and lower consequence “chute”. Snowboarder ski-cut with no result, then turned into “chute” and triggered a small slab. Snowboarder quickly redirected to a safe zone and escaped slab without incident. Our group decided to then stick to safer terrain and different aspect. Soft slab (probably gently wind blown snow) on top of a stout crust which was the bed surface.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Approximately 20 degrees most of the day. Light snow, occasional light winds. Definitely cloudy.

Snow surface

Soft un-consolidated powder


10-12” fist hard powder, on 2” 1 finger crust, 4 finger moist facets to the bottom of our pit.

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