Numerous human triggered avalanches, including many remotely triggered avalanches occurred on 12/9. New snow and wind tipped the balance Saturday evening and into Sunday.
While some natural activity occurred, the majority appears to be human triggered and in many cases remotely triggered. Remote avalanches are a different beast, and very difficult to predict where we can trigger them, and who is in the way.
A partial burial, all but an arm exposed, on Hatch Peak ended well yesterday, due to a successful, quick companion rescue. This is a great example of the importance and effectiveness of companion rescue skills. We are all thankful this incident did not have a worse outcome.
More information is available in the observation platform HERE.
12/6/2018 – Hatch Peak, approx 4000′, N, SS-ASr-D2-O/G. Remotely triggered, one person caught, partially buried with one arm exposed, companion rescued. Limited information, however, it sounds like the skier who was buried, triggered the avalanche remotely from below the slope.
12/9/2018 – Human triggered and remotely triggered avalanches on Marmot Mountain, SW, 3600-3900′, SS-ASr/Asu-D1/2.5-O/G, No involvement. Limited information.
12/9/2018 – Skyscraper Mountain, E and NE, 3900′-4500′, SS-ASu/ASr-D1-2-O/G. Limited information. Human triggered and remotely triggered avalanches, solo skier, no injuries or involvement reported.
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