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Mountain/Ski Guide Maritime Wet Slab Wet Slab Serious Severity

Just finished descending Cat Scratch Gullies, the descent route of the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades when large blocks of snow and ice began rumbling down the descent route. We were able to run as fast as we could to the right o ...

Ski Area Maritime Wet Loose Wet Loose Moderate Severity

Snowed a little overnight (6-8") with wind transport. The middle part of my snow safety route that day is a long south/southeast facing section that gets flatter the farther you go along it. Typically we shoot the early steeper paths and once we st ...

Ski Area Maritime Wind Slab Soft Slab Moderate Severity

Morning snow safety operations did not produce any significant results after approximately 12 inches of overnight snow and wind transport. Several hours after opening an area, a snowboarder triggered a medium sized avalanche that briefly caught and ...

Ski Area Maritime Storm Slab Soft Slab Serious Severity

Working a snow safety route with my fairly new and not very sharp partner. The first section of the route is on a ridge where the responsibility is the slope below and cornice. I was frustrated with his failure to follow directions and the amount o ...

Ski Area Maritime Storm Slab Soft Slab Serious Severity

My partner and I were making a second pass on our mitigation route to take care of some small cornice. My partner kicked a piece of cornice and fell off the ridge with it but stopped at the top of the slope, only 6-8 feet below the ridge. With mini ...