March 27, 2021
March 28, 2021
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Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 3: Could bury and destroy a car, damage a truck, destroy a wood frame house, or break a few trees
From a distance, saw two skiers trigger three slab avalanches when traversing across the south face of Jove Mountain, approximately 100 feet from the summit. The largest had an estimate crown of 30 feet, tracking down approximately 1400 feet to a debris field of around 200 feet wide. There were obvious signs of active wind transport near summit and multiple cornices. Skiers managed to traverse across the mountain and descend safely into the trees.
We traveled along Smithbrook Road and ascended to Union Peak. It was sunnier than expected and snow was quite slushy with rollerballs and small loose wet slides on sun-exposed slopes. At approximately 250 feet from the summit, the snow became firm. Decided not to ascend Jove and diverted to the east ridge of Union. While there, we observed the skiers who triggered the avalanches.