Toured into benchy smaller "mini golf" terrain BTL to mitigate poor visibility and to stay out of larger terrain due to PWL. Skied E-N aspects. 5000'-6000'.
Feb. 28, 2018, 1 p.m. PST
Snowpack: East Aspects showed 35cm 4 finger resistance powder overlying a weak facet/crust combo with CTM Q1 (SC) x2 results. A ski cut on a small steep slope produced a touchy D1 result and the skier was lucky to escape being caught.
Area Description: McCue Ridge above Alpine Lakes High Camp
Avalanches: Digging on a north aspect to assess options for safely descending we triggered a D2 slab 95cm deep just below our profile in steep terrain approaching 35 degrees. This was also on touchy 2mm facets overlying a strong crust. This was a poor decision as we were already able to find this layer via probing and should have chosen lower angle terrain to make observations. A little bit of luck saved us from an accident and no one was caught.
Observation by Ryan Murray
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No