Loose wet slides on Mt. Wood

AVALANCHE OBSERVATION
Mt. Wood South East/ East face

Drainage:

Submission Info
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 1:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Rapid warming
Obvious avalanche path
Terrain Trap
Avalanche Type: 
Wet
Loose/Point-Release
Slope: 
35degrees
Trigger type: 
Skier
Crown Height: 
1 ft
Aspect: 
Southeast
Weak Layer: 
Old Snow
Avalanche Width: 
25ft.
Terrain: 
Below Treeline
Elevation: 
8 500ft.
Bed Surface: 
Old Snow
Avalanche Length: 
75ft.
Number of similar avalanches: 
5-10
Number of partial burials: 
0
Number of full burials: 
0
More detailed information about the avalanche: 

Very small loose wet slide triggered on a traverse by a single skier near the base of a rock face around 1:30pm.  Several larger loose wet slides went naturally in gullies/drainages (S, SE, E, SW aspects, all below 9200ft) taking down several small to medium size trees/brushes and leaving large debris blocks(blocks up to 3 feet in diameter).

Avalanche Photos: 
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Very warm and little wind.  Snow softened to good corn skiing conditions on SE facing slopes at around 10:30am at an elevation of around 10,000,  By noon the snow below 10500 was very soft.  A small layer of near surface facets were present on NE facing slopes above 10500 and plenty of sastrugi was still present.  Hard snow in gullies 12500-11000 feet with some breakable crust.  About 35cm ski pole (handle end) penetration at 2pm at 9000 feet SE slope.  

Number of People Caught: 
0
Mt. Wood 37° 48' 17.1576" N, 119° 9' 19.7388" W

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