Near Miss

Kootenay Boundary

tylerhallman , Tuesday 2nd February, 2021 7:00PM

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Windy, Foggy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Incident

First person entered the feature from lookers right of the top crown. Two others were standing on a flat spot just above, but close to the edge. First skier was exiting the bottom of the bowl when the second jumped (splitboarder) or shuffled to the entrance. A slide was triggered on the unsupported convex role, which triggered the larger slope below. We saw the powder cloud overtake the skier as she was shuffling out of the way. There were some tense moments as we thought she was swept away. 2 minutes later she appeared from the trees, skins on, ready to save us... :) The slide had come up to her thigh but just just missed her. Avalanche was size 2, ran about 250m, the debris pile wasn’t too deep as the terrain allowed it to spread out. We think the avalanche was triggered on the ice crust layer from Sunday, which was down about 40cm in the area. It could have been all the storm snow from the past week though. Maybe someone from our group will post a better picture.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN