Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/12/2018
Name: Eric Murrow
Subject: Pitts collapsing
Aspect: North, North East, East
Elevation: 9,250 – 10,500
One skiers triggered slide on uptrack and one debris pile off Schuylkill ridge towards NW end of ridge.(photo)
Weather: Consistent light snow during our ski, S-1, with around 1inch accumulated between 9am to 1pm. Winds were generally light at our protected location. Limited visibility into surrounding alpine terrain.
Snowpack: On second lap our group experienced multiple large collapses on the skin track. Collapses were shooting cracks of distances greater than 50ft and one propagated uphill well over 100ft. Snowpack was failing on large grained facets near the ground. One collapse released a small slide with a crown depth of 2+ft.