GNFAC investigation: We went and looked at the avalanche that partially buried a groomer without injury to the driver at 8:15 p.m. the night before (2/27). The slide broke on facets at the ground and was 2-3' deep, 100' wide, and ran 600' slope distance. It put 8' of debris on the road cut. The slope was west facing at 7,500' and averaged 38 degree steep in the starting zone. Weak snow at the ground is found throughout our advisory area.
The groomer triggered the avalanche when he was clearing a wind drift from the road. The groomer is badly damaged.
Crown: N45.38528, W111.06487, 7802 feet
Toe of debris: N45.38554, W111.06693, 7482 feet
Alpha Angle: 30 degrees
Billings Gazette Article HERE.