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Paulina Peak D1 Avalanche

RED FLAGS
Recent avalanche activity
Observation Date/Time:
Sun, Jan 24, 2021 - 9:18 AM
Reporter(s):
Bateman, McRae
Location/Elevation:
Newberry Crater Area / 7600'
Report Type:
Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
My partner and I set off a small avalanche today at Paulina Peak. The layer that slid was a 4-inch deep wind slab in a steep NE facing pocket at 7600' which failed on a thick rain crust. The slide was around 20 feet wide and ran for a distance of approximately 30 feet into a small grove of trees. The avalanche was skier triggered and briefly carried one person until they were able to stop on their own.

My partner and I had been testing the snow throughout our travels and had done a hand shear before we climbed the slope and deemed the surface snow well bonded to the underlying layers. On our descent, we traveled slightly skiers left of our climbing trial which had enough spatial variability to slide.

Fortunately non-consequential, but a red flag none the less. Stay safe out there everyone.

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