Steamboat Sidecountry

Date

12/15/2019

Location

Day #

26

Ski Partners

Brian Yoder

Route

Skier’s left East Face > skier’s left Clems > Girly Turns x2

Weather

HSN24

4"

HSN48

13"

Precip

None

Sky

Broken / high clouds

Winds

Light in the AM. Calm in the PM

Temps

Low -2F / High 10F

Ski Pen

Boot top

Foot Pen

50cm

Avalanche Forecast

Rating

3,3,3

Hazard

Large persistent slabs likely on NW-E aspects and all elevations. Small-large storm slabs likely on all aspects and elevations.

Snowpack Observations

Average HS: 120-140cm

Quick hasty pit results from looker’s left of Rancid Tuna:

CT6Q2 @25cm from surface
CT12 @35cm from surface
CT24Q1 (sudden planar) @70cm from surface on a layer of surface hoar

We felt and heard several large collapses and saw shooting cracks as we traversed above the entrance to Clems on 3rd pitch.

One person caught and buried in a human-triggered persistent slab avalanche at the Resort, between Chutes 1 and 2:

“The group of people caught in the slide weren’t skiing out of bounds and did not cross any ropes, Hunter said. They traversed in above Big Meadow, which is open, and below the chutes, he explained. It is believed they triggered the avalanche from below.

While several other people were caught in the slide that was propagated from above, only one was completely buried. Another person was buried up to their waist.

There were a total of about eight people involved, Hunter said, but it was not made clear precisely how those people were involved.”

Link to Steamboat Pilot article

Riding Quality

Great skiing! Deep pow on shaded aspects. Boot top pow on a supportable base on solar aspects. Thrashy below 9,000′

Photos

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