Date of Observation: 12/18/2021
Name: Cormac Zachar
Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: NE aspect of Snodgrass. Skinned up the meadow and toured down California Bowl to gothic road.
Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: Triggered the slide shown below from a jump turn ~10 yards above the start zone. Started just below a section of aspens standing on a 40-45 slope, ran through the bowl’s ~35 degree slope area. Appeared to be all recent storm snow that slid, no major slab identifiable.
Weather: Sunny, skied late afternoon with weather in the teens and the bowl in the shadows.
Snowpack: Shallow/early season coverage for Snodgrass. Ski pen to the ground in the upper bowl near 10,850 (hit rocks on the first several turns), snowpack depth increased moving from the top of the bowl to gothic road. Before dropping into the bowl, triggered one shooting crack on the ridge about 5-6 feet long at 10,900. Felt a few other collapses down in the flatter slopes nearer gothic road at the end of the run.