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Left Peak Castle Lake

Submitted by Public (not verified) on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 6:38pm
Location Name: 
Avalanche on Left Peak
Region: 
Castle Lake
Location Map: 
United States
41° 13' 39.2556" N, 122° 22' 33.2688" W
US
Observation made by: 
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown): 
Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:45am
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activityWhumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsingRecent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Avalanche Observations
Avalanche Type: 
SlabLoose/Point-Release
Slope: 
38degrees
Trigger type: 
Skier
Crown Height: 
Less than 1 ft
Aspect: 
Northwest
Weak Layer: 
Storm Snow
Avalanche Width: 
60ft.
Elevation: 
6 200ft.
Bed Surface: 
Storm Snow
Avalanche Length: 
120ft.
Number of people caught: 
1
Number of partial burials: 
1
More detailed information about the avalanche: 

Skier triggered and carried approximately 100' into trees; grazed tree, ski released, and pushed head first into flowing debris. Swam to stay above snow and emerged on top in chest deep pile.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour