April 6, 2021
April 7, 2021
Zone or Region:
St. Helens, 46.173040, -122.190094
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was it intentional? No
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
This is a second hand report on the previously reported incident submitted today, which is now confirmed as snowboarder-triggered.
I was not involved in the incident nor onsite, but sharing knowledge here for others, as gathered via the TAY FB discussion.
Video shared here of a snowboarder triggered partial burial
here is the information provided on TAY of the observing party:
Even though avalanche forecast has been 'green' for 'west slopes south', on Mt. St. Helens April 7 we observed a recent large slide several hundred feet wide/long with lots of debris near the bottom (enough to bury a person) that started off a steep SE facing section of Monitor ridge to the west of the main hiking route which showed a deep crown (which is not a typical wet slide feature) below the cornice. There were tracks near it, suggesting it could have been triggered by skiers/snowboarders over the past few days.