Axtell Avalanche

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/04/2015
Aspect: North
Elevation: below treeline

Avalanches: I traversed the small, shallow, cross loaded slope toward dense trees. The slope collapsed and propagated ten feet above me and ~100 ft wide. The angle was low 30’s so it was very slow moving and I had no problem getting to the trees. The crown was about 2ft and composed entirely of dense wind slab. the top ~30ft ran on the ground and some debris slid~300ft, stopping at the trees. We also noticed an east facing slide up moonscape. It appeared to be natural, wind slab under a cornice, maybe ~50 ft wide R1 D1

Weather: cloudy, west winds ~20mph

Snowpack: We saw an old crown that seemed to propagate across the skiers right half of Axtel’s 2nd bowl. It was pretty filled in. There was not a place near the start zone that we felt comfortable digging a pit. We decided to ski corner pocket of first bowl. Lower in first bowl, the snow became more wind affected. We took the gully right, crossing scoured snow. At a high point of lower angle terrain between the exits of 1st and 2nd bowl, the slope was heavily cross loaded.

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