January 16, 2016 – Avalanche Accident on Skyscraper Mountain
An avalanche fatality was confirmed at this site on Jan 16, 2016:
Human triggered avalanche- HS-AR-D2.5R2-O
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 minutes.