Avalanche: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Manitoba to 3400’


Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect East
Elevation 3800ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidth 1500ft
Vertical Run 1500ft  
Avalanche Details

We think this avalanche - pictured below - occurred around 3 pm in the bowl to the east of Fresno peak, during a period of fairly intense snow transport. Despite propagating across nearly the entire bowl - granted well below ridgeline - the debris was fairly limited (~D2... maybe D2.5), making us suspect this wasn’t nearly as deep as the slides from late last week. We didn’t see tracks near the ridge to the south, so suspect it to be a natural.

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

Red flags:
Recent avalanche activity: yes, as reported in that ob.
Collapsing: yes, one that propagated a ways down the NW ridge that runs to the summit
Cracking: Yes, localized along the NW ridgeline, with cracks shooting ~20’ in the recently wind deposited snow.
Blowing Snow... Oh yeah! Light snow transport and wind affect on slopes above treeline, with tracks filling in from moderate snow transport above 3300’ and along the NW ridgeline that leads to the summit. Moderate to intense snow transport observed on neighboring peaks throughout the day.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken -> few clouds as the day progressed
Temps teens down low and single digits up high.
Light N winds occasionally gusting moderate above treeline, with the exception of some mid-afternoon sustained moderate N winds right at the NW ridgeline below the summit. Winds appeared to die down by late afternoon.

Snow surface

Despite wind activity, the surface remained fist hard at all locations on our tour except just on the ridgeline, where small areas of soft slab up to 18” deep were deposited. Ski penetration of 3-6” - less up high - and boot penetration of 12-24”


No formal stability tests.

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