Avalanche: Summit

Location: Avalanche triggered in Tenderfoot Trees

Route & General Observations

Some whoomphing at the bottom at less 5% slope; skinned up Northwest aspect and skied north shot in the TREES.


*An avalanche investigation was done the following day by CNFAIC forecaster, Wendy Wagner, and more info about snowpack structure and terrain can be found HERE.

Crown of a human triggered slab in the trees on a NW aspect of Tenderfoot

Crown of a slab triggered by a snowboarder in the trees on a NW aspect of Tenderfoot



Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type0Aspect Northwest
Elevation 2300ftSlope Angle 28deg
Crown Depth3ftWidth 125ft
Vertical Run 150ft  
Avalanche Details

We were a party of five + 2 K9, on the second lap. The last skinner heading up heard a whooph and a 3' deep 150' long slide occurred. Skier moved 10'staying atop and stopped. Skier watched dog try to get out and then dog was swallowed by the avalanche. Dog self rescued as the slide stopped. Slide was in the trees with numerous anchors. Using cell phone app and personal experience slope was estimated at 20 degrees at most.

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

Whoomping only at very low angle below.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing like it does in my dreams.
Low to moderate wind on the west aspect while skinning up above the trees to the "first knob".

Snow surface

Variable up to 16" new snow


Informal hand pits. Most likely failed on the deeper of the 2 surface hoar layers, see Heather's 1/1/16 observation

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