Avalanche: Portage / Placer

Location: Placer Valley

Route & General Observations

Snow machined up towards squirrel flats/ hob knob. Made the ridge line. At the ridge we saw a large old cornice break that may have triggered a slab. Hard to tell because it was snowed over. Due to the cornice avalanche we stopped and dug a quick pit.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Cornice FallAspect West
Elevation 2400ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 150ft
Vertical Run 200ft  
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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T- 19 @ the truck
W- calm
P- none
S- ovc

Snow surface

Lightly wind effected powder


Dug a quick pit with my track. I cleaned the face, removed the top 30cm of snow because I was targeting the deeper surface hoar/facets. No weak layers stood out in our face but got a CT12RP 85cm below surface. The fracture plane was very planar and had some small facets mixed with decomposing stellars. Also got 2x CTN and ECTX. I was not able to repeat first result.

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