Location (general area)
Road conditions to area
clear (no clouds)
Strong (26-38mph Whole trees in motion)
0 - 12"
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
set loose some wind slab- carried 3 of us down hill
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Coverage was thin. There was dense wind blown crust with occasional soft spots, but highly variable. Main gully had a hard refrozen base under, however. We did have some warning earlier in the forest above the gully when a slab shattered and carried one of us ~50 feet into a small hollow. We should have heeded. But thin conditions in the main gully had us thinking more about rock hazards than snow hazards. We then made the mistake of skiing close to one another as we started down, so there were two of us in the gully when the third skier got a big slab to move and shatter, then take him with it. He shouted out enough for me, in the middle, to understand. That gave me a critical second or two to ski hard right and away from the gully, but I still got slammed and tossed around for 50 feet or so. He rode with it another 400 ft, and wound up with the first of our group-- who was also overtaken but not knocked down-- way down below. Not a scratch on any of us, but quite a wake up call!
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