Location (general area)
Road conditions to area
Clear until the closure at Vincent gap; then an icy and thin snow walk back to the car.
clear (no clouds)
Moderate (17-25mph Small trees sway/ flags stretched)
Boot/ Ski penetration
Shooting cracks. Solid chunks breaking underfoot.
Activity, recent avalanches
Crust on dust on old, hard, frozen crust. Strong winds higher up.
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
There were plenty of obvious signs of instability. Even the dog knew not to get on the slope. One man having "never seen avalanche activity here" and thought we had "nothing to worry about," convinced others to risk it. Ironically, he's had the avy course and I just read a book.
Of a party of four, I chose to stick mellower slopes. One out ran the debris, another was pushed over 400', and the last was knocked over by the debris.
Debris propagated and the scarp was about 15' wide and 2–3" deep. Debris made it all the way down the slide path.
We were lucky and everyone made it out fine.
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