Triggered Cornice Break – Owen

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 03/27/2017
Name: Anonymous
Subject: Triggered Cornice Break – Owen
Aspect: South East
Elevation: ~12500′

Avalanches: Accidentally triggered a large cornice break near Owen/Ruby saddle. Noticed snow next to rocks on the ridge was icy, took two steps away from rocks, punched through snow triggering a large cornice fall. About 40 yards wide and the size of a couple buses. Didn’t appear to trigger slab avalanche, but a large amount of debris ran length slope with loose recent snow. Occurred around 11:15am.
Weather: Warm partly cloudy. Little to no wind