Triggered remotely while skiing above on a ridgeline and at least 50m away. SS-ASr-R2-D2. Crown estimated at around 100m wide, 40-60cm deep and wrapped around the corner to a slight aspect change. SSW to S aspects.
Signs of Unstable Snow
Did you see shooting cracks?
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing?
Skied low angle trees NTL and BTL all day and had several notable collapses. One large one occurred while a group of 4 was transitioning. ESE aspect at 4,900ft. Warm air mixing ATL by mid-day but cold and snowing S2-S3 at the road (2800') by 1600.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Warming air building reactive slabs in new snow.
Observed Avalanche Problem #2:
Most collapses were on deeper persistent weak layers.