Natural Avalanche in Playground

Playground
Bridger Range
Code
SS-N-R2-D2-I
Elevation
8300
Aspect
E
Latitude
45.84
Longitude
-110.93
Notes

From an email:

"We did observe a natural slide at around 8300ft that failed on the high pressure facets that formed prior to these last two shots of snow. It appears that it was triggered by a slough from steeper, rocky terrain above, the crown was about 14 inches deep and around 50ft wide, in complex rocky terrain. The debris pile was approx. 200cm deep, plenty deep to bury a person. We skied 35+ degree slopes and found excellent stability the day after the storm. "

Number of slides
1
Number caught
0
Number buried
0
Avalanche Type
Soft slab avalanche
Trigger
Natural trigger
R size
2
D size
2
Bed Surface
I - Interface between new and old snow
Problem Type
New Snow
Slab Thickness
14.0 inches
Slab Width
50.00ft
Weak Layer Grain type
Near surface faceted particles
Slab Layer Grain Type
Precipitation Particles
Slab Thickness units
inches