Avalanche: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot Ridge South Face

Route & General Observations

Standard skiing track to the small false summit, the 3rd bump above tree line.

3-4 inches of new snow with little to no wind effect. 1 degree at the car.
I skied the line first with dog following behind and paused at the traverse back to the front as the dog continued down after me. I waved the second skier down. Second skier made 3 turns when she triggered a soft slab in the new snow about 20-30 ft wide and 6 inches deep. It picked up speed and volume quickly, knocking her off her feet from behind and caused her to somersault. As it ran, it got bigger and faster burying the dog and taking her about 50 yards downhill when she was able to pop out a few seconds after the slide stopped. The slide ran almost all the way to the creek.

Dog was unscathed and skier two lost a pole and sprained a leg during the tumble.

Although initially small, the slide ran very fast and picked up volume quickly. When it hit the dog a couple seconds after being triggered, the toe was a couple feet deep and completely buried her.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Southwest
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 6inWidth 25ft
Vertical Rununknown  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured? 1
Number Fatalities?0