Avalanche: Other Regions

Location: Trail into Barber Cabin, near Cooper Landing

Route & General Observations

Spent the night at Barber Cabin, and skied out this morning. In the middle of the night (3am) we heard what I thought was a huge gust of wind. Turns out it was the powder blast from a nearby avalanche. On the ski out we observed two new slides – both on old avalanche paths. There was hardly any snow on the trail, but a lot of snow coming down from higher up.
We did not see the start zone, so information is given for the base of the slide.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect West
Elevation 500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

We only observed the runout zone. Dense snow at the base. Powder blast seen in the trees (see photo). Both of these avalanches had run over the old debris at the base.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Rain at 500' elevation, and presumably snow much of the day and night before. 40 degrees F.

Snow surface

Virtually no snow in the runout zone. You could see the grass and other vegetation up to about 500 ft above the trail.

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