January 16, 2016 – Skyscraper Mountain

January 16, 2016 – Avalanche Accident on Skyscraper Mountain

An avalanche fatality was confirmed at this site on Jan 16, 2016

Jan 16, 2016 – Avalanche accident site

Human triggered avalanche- HS-AR-D2.5R2-O

Skyscraper Mountain

SSE aspect (160°), cross-loaded slope and features

Triggered at 4200?

Slope angle at crown = 43°

Estimated size: 6-8″ deep consistent across crown X 120′ wide X 600′ run

Debris pile 12′ deep X 185′ wide, victim buried 7.5′ deep

Victim was traveling by snowshoe, climbed Skyscraper Mountain, triggered avalanche while descending by snowboard. Victim was traveling with one other partner, neither were wearing avalanche beacons. Avalanche likely triggered above rider. Lack of avalanche beacons, and the depth of the burial contributed to a long burial time, approximately 45 minute

Report Here: Jan 16 full public report

Weak layer

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