Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:00am
At least 3 natrual wind slab avalanches observed on NE aspects of South Peak in the Virginia Lakes area this morning. After talking with another group who began their tour about an hour before us, the slides probably occured between 1030 and 1130am. First video is of conditions on South Peak as viewed from the trailhead parking area around 1100am. Second video was taken from the toe of the largest avalanche. All observed were D2. Release was probably at the interface of soft storm snow below overlying wind slabs. However, we did not go up to investigate the crowns because there was still consistent wind loading, plenty of snow that had not yet slid in the start zones, and we had already closed that terrain for ourselves today given the likelihood of wind slab avalanches in the alpine.
See snowpack observation from our tour for more about conditions.