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Avalanche on Tumalo Mtn. Partial burial of one skier.

Location Name
Tumalo Mtn
Region
Broken Top Area
Name
Zach Violett
Email Address
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Position
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Avalanche Type
Slab
Blowing Snow
Yes
Trigger type
Skier
Wind Speed
Strong
Wind Direction
West
Air temperature
Below Freezing
Aspect
East
Air temperature trend
Warming
Elevation
8000ft.
Bed Surface
Storm Snow
Cloud Cover
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Precipitation
Snow
Weak Layer
Storm Snow
Crown Height
2 ft
Accumulation rate
>1
Avalanche Width
250ft.
Avalanche Length
1000ft.
Terrain
Above Treeline
More detailed information about the weather

 Blizzard. Dumped 21in the previous 24 hr

Number of people caught
1
Number of partial burials
1
More detailed information about the avalanche

 Dropped into Northern bowl of Tumalo Mtn. There were already 5+ other skier tracks on the slope. Kept to fresh snow to skiers right close to current tracks. Halfway down slope felt movement and saw a huge amount of snow coming down from the rocks. The entire middle section of the bowl (where all the rocks are) slid. Skier was near the edge of the slide so did not get full force but was carried 100+ yards . Skier was under then came out on top. After  went back up to inspects crown.  Obvious layer at ~18in. Dug in general bowl and broke at same level with minimal effort.  Left the scene and warned other headed up.