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Avalanche Observations from Broken Top

Location Name
Broken Top Bowl
Region
Broken Top Area
Name
Pete Keane
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Position
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming
Obvious avalanche path
Avalanche Type
Wet
Slab
Trigger type
Natural
Wind Speed
Light
Slope
35degrees
Wind Direction
West
Air temperature
Above Freezing
Aspect
Southeast
Air temperature trend
Warming
Elevation
7300ft.
Bed Surface
Storm Snow
Cloud Cover
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Precipitation
Rain
Weak Layer
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Crown Height
2 ft
Terrain
Above Treeline
Number of similar avalanches
5-10
More detailed information about the avalanche

 We toured into Broken Top bowl today. We were surprised to see many natural avalanches left over from Sunday, 12/21. On the SE/E aspects, we noted wind slab avalanches on Ball Butte (D1), the East Bowl off of the SE Ridge of Broken Top (D2.5), and the impressive Pucker Up (D3). Pucker Up seems to be a repeat performer, but on the other runs I had never seen avalanches before.Even more interesting was the slab avalanches on W/SW aspects down low in the bowl. There was a significant D2 that came out of the lower part of A la Mode, and other SW faces as well. The debris from both sides of the bowl intersected down low. There was an impressive amount of debris that flowed down very low angle terrain.We stuck to conservative terrain on S and SW facing slopes that had solar input. This provided great corn skiing in late December!