December 31, 2015


Region: South Fork Eagle River – Hiland Road
Location: Harp Mountain
Observer: Public

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the ridge, noted multiple wind slabs, intentionally triggered cornice slab on the skin up. Ski cut to get this one to release. 1-2 ft crown, 100 ft wide, 4 ft deep and ran over 1000 ft to the other side of the valley.

Avalanche details

Trigger Skier Aspect Unknown Elevation 3000ft
Slope Angle 35deg Crown Depth 24in Width 100ft
Length 1000ft

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches? Yes Collapsing (Whoomphing)? Yes Cracking (Shooting cracks)? Yes

Observer Comments

shooting cracks, obvious wind loading


wind gusting to 40 mph, warm 32degrees