Site Visit Of Human Triggered Avalanche Near Pittsburgh

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/05/2019
Name: Evan Ross & Zach Kinler

Subject: Site Visit Of Human Triggered Avalanche Near Pittsburgh
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 10,200

Avalanches: Quick site visit of a recent snowboarder triggered avalanche.

This was a soft slab avalanche failing near the ground on a persistent weak layer of faceted grains. The avalanche size was large enough to bury a person. The avalanche ran for about 400ft of elevation loss and was about 100ft wide before gaining additional width as the avalanche moved down hill. The crown hight is estimated to be around 2.5ft, or 80cm. A snow profile at 9,800ft is in the picture below. In a brief summary there was 10 to 12″ of very soft new snow, over a 4F slab, sitting above the weak faceted grains below. Slope angles for this area are shown on CalTopo with slope shading in the 35-45 degree band, and further estimated to be at the lower half of that scale.