January 2, 2021
January 3, 2021
Zone or Region:
Red mountain SalmonLa Sac
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was it intentional? No
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
Just under the ridge, south facing aspect in drainage gully of Red mountain in salmon la sac.
18 to 24 inch depth.
80 yards wide.
Ran 200 yards to the tree line.
Soft snow, not too heavy.
Slow moving low angle.
Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 1: Relatively harmless to people
At the treeline
En route to Red mountain
Did you see shooting cracks? No
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing? Yes, Widespread
Salmon la sac
Snow felt soft and stable the entire day, light snow turned to heavy snow.
Could not feel the crust( party of 5 all checking all day) pole test deeper than the break felt no crust.
The slide did break as I ski'd below a convexity on a low angle aspect, I had just triggered a much smaller D1 on my first turn and unfortunately this was my best egress given the situation we were in. The snow did ski really well, thank God, as I outrank the slide on a diagonal traverse.
Lessons were learned knowledge was reinforced.