Wet slab avalanches

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

LOCATION: Kebler Pass Area
DATE OF OBSERVATION: 03/17/2015
NAME: Zach Guy
SUBJECT: Wet slab avalanches
ASPECT: East, South East
ELEVATION: Near/ Above treeline

 

AVALANCHES: Explosives triggered one wet slab, about 200 feet wide and 1 foot deep on a SE aspect near treeline. WS-AB-R2-D2-O

Second hand observations:
1)Wet slabs on skiers right of the Lady? Maybe Coon too? Hard to say, but looked like 2x D2 in Coon, maybe 40 m wide? Roughly the same in the Lady with a second pocket on the lower bench.
2.) Wet slab avalanche on an East aspect of Whetstone Mtn.

WEATHER: High of 52F at 10k. Light winds. Few clouds.

SNOWPACK: Ski pen increases from the top 5 cm late morning to nearly full depth by the afternoon. Around 3 p.m., we skier triggered one shooting crack on a SE aspect at 11,800 ft,  10 feet wide and about a foot deep, failing on wet grains. The slab moved downhill 6″ but stopped.

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