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Small slide on Ball Butte

Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 - 9:18 AM
Mat Clune
Broken Top Area / 7500'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Obscured (eg: fog)
Precip Type/Intensity:
Snow / S5 Heavy snow
Wind Direction/Speed:
SW / Strong: 26-38 mph

Written Report:
Went up Ball Butte this afternoon. Started skinning around 2:30 pm. Only went 1/3 of the way up due to poor visibility. Wind was steadily increasing from the South/West. Visibility was getting worse. We changed over to ski down and I approached the edge. About 2 feet away I did a compression test with my ski and broke about a six foot long section with about an 8in crown. It only slid about 15 feet in total but had potential to slid more. Snow very wind loaded and fairly unstable.