Avalanche: Other Regions

Location: Near Hope

Route & General Observations

Skier triggered avalanche near Hope. Was caught, carried around 400′ down slope, able to arrest on bed surface and ok.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect Northwest
Elevation 3400ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Avalanche was believed to be an old hard wind slab sitting on either buried surface hoar or facets. Possibly formed from the NW outflow wind event a couple weeks ago.

Avalanche was triggered near the top of the ridge while skinning back up the 2,000' run that I had just skied. It propagated very wide on a short planar slope before it rolled over into a terrain trap. I was caught and carried in the blocks and debris and then able to remove one ski and use it to help self-arrest on the bed surface and come to a stop well before the roll over.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Some whumpfing along ridge, but no signs of instability on the slope prior to the avalanche.

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