Pedley Pass Running Full Path
While traveling across the ridge towards the summit above the skiers right path we observed a drum like sound. The snow surface felt "slabby" We set our skin track several meters back from where the terrain rolls away into the path. While skiing back down our skin track a size 3.5 was remotely triggered 6 meters down slope from our tracks. See the avalanche tab for more specific details.
Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Cold. We rode: Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.
The avalanche failed on the facets above the early December crust. These large facets were found down 120. It then stepped down to ground. The avaerage depth of the slab was 200cm but was over 300cm in wind loaded spots. The avalanche ran full path destroying some small trees at the bottom of the run out. A signal search of the debris pile was performed and no signal was found. No tracks were observed from other groups. This run out is often used to set a up track due to how tight the trees are on either side. You cannot observe the start zone while skinning up this path and the walls would make escape impossible. It can be tough work to set an up track through the trees but its the right move to make in this terrain. The start zone is west facing and just at the elevation where treeline transitions into alpine.