Checked out the site of a skier-triggered cornice fall incident. A skier on Sunday unintentionally triggered a large cornice while skinning uphill on a narrow, corniced ridgeline on the northeast side of Heavens Peak. The skier was carried into the adjacent basin, injured, and lost both poles and a ski. He was able to self rescue. The cornice and snow debris was D2 in size.
Today, we found a nice window of stable corn skiing on easterly aspects from 8:00 am to 10:30 am, after which the snow started to become unsupportable and punchy near rocks and trees. Westerly aspects softened around 1 to 2 pm. We saw some very small and shallow loose wet avalanches shed from rocky areas later in the day. No other signs of instability. High north is still holding dry snow. Evidence of larger loose wet and storm slabs from last week, up to D2.
Details of the slide provided by a 3rd party
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