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Natural wind slab in St. Germaine's Bowl
SS-N-R2-D1.5-S (soft slab, natural, small relative to path, relatively harmless, bed surface within new snow)
A natural wind slab avalanche occurred late in the afternoon or overnight on Saturday on a spur ridge of Sargent’s Ridge into St. Germaine’s bowl. The avalanche occurred on an east aspect at 9,400 ft. The avalanche broke 1-3 ft deep, 200 ft wide, and ran 150 ft downslope. The avalanche may have been cornice triggered. The avalanche also stepped down to a deeper layer (still within new snow) approximately 20 ft downslope from the crown. This avalanche occurred as a result of the major wind event on Saturday where strong westerly winds blew steadily throughout the day.