Slide on Cokely

Derek Kyostia

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Heavy, Wet. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Foggy, Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks. Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.


Witnessed a boarder and skier simultaneously drop into a ~35 degree slope with their buddy below them and 4 skiers on an up track. Fracture line was M shaped where the apexes being the points of entry onto the slope. Buried their buddy below to his neck. They were able to extricate him without shovels. Overheard saying that they had seen cracking on their way up. Brushed themselves off and skinned up for another line.