Slide in the Elk Lake burn

RED FLAGS
Recent avalanche activity
Rapid temperature rise
Observation Date/Time:
Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 10:41 AM
Reporter(s):
Mike Abrahams
Location/Elevation:
Other / 5500'
Report Type:
Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Temperature:
25°F
Sky Conditions:
Sky Clear (<1/8)
New Snow:
10” in
Height of Snow (HS):
5 in

Written Report:
Fellow splitboarder Eric Murray triggered a slide on a NE aspect in the Elk Lake burn area on Sunday. We had ridden a line on the north aspect and set off some loose dry sluffs. Then we skinned up a NE face and he rode a shorter, less steep face and it slid, the face had been in the sun and warmed up quite a bit since our first line. We estimated it was about a 10” crown, 100’ wide and 400’ long. The new snow slid on last weeks ice layer. It was more of a wet, slow slide and he was able to easily outrun it. I opted for a mellower line across the valley. No one was buried and we split out of the area shortly after that

Avalanche Report

Avalanche Type:
WL - Wet loose snow
Avalanche Size (relative to path):
R2 - Small
Avalanche Size (destruction):
D2 - Could bury, injure, or kill (100m)
Avalanche Aspect:
NE
Avalanche Slope Angle:
30°
Avalanche Elevation:
5500'

Avalanche Report:
New snow slid on the ice layer from last weeks freezing rain storm

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