Avalanche: Other Regions

Location: Bodenburg Butte

Route & General Observations

With Eli Neuffer. Started tour from trailhead next to the Reindeer Farm and broke trail to the summit of the Butte. Snow depth was good most of the way to the summit, still thin, as usual. Observed lots of whumphing and touchy windslabs on the way up. In most spots snow was soft and deep, new snow came in with wind and upper elevations were very wind effected with thick windslabs in many areas. Decent was decent, higher elevations were more wind effected and more thin, making skiing more difficult, lower elevations and the trees were pretty good.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger CorniceRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Cornice FallAspect Unknown
Elevation 800ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 3inWidthunknown
Vertical Run 5ft  
Avalanche Details

At the summit we saw the debris of a cornice that failed on a small rollover with a wind lip. D0.5 or less.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Frequent whumphing and shooting cracks.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Low clouds lifting throughout the day with snow falling pretty hard. Little to no wind

Snow surface

Soft powder/new snow and hard windslabs


Either hard windslab or soft powder over facets near ground. Variable depth of none to 3ft+ deep

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