coen op 15 novembre 2011 · 11:33
Utah Avalanche center:
Accident & Rescue Summary:
This is a Preliminary Report -
Hardesty and Kobernik plan to head to the accident site tomorrow (Monday 11/14) for the full investigation.
Two men in their 30s left the closed Alta ski area with the intent to ride the well known terrain of Alta and Snowbird. Neither ski areas are open yet and have yet to conduct any avalanche control within their boundaries. We interviewed the victim's ski partner. While neither had any rescue gear or formal avalanche training, they were both expert skiers and new the terrain well. They continued to Snowbird via Baldy and accessed the Peruvian Cirque to gain the Gad Valley. Rescue reports indicated that they had likely triggered another slab avalanche prior to the victim triggering the fatal one. The partner did not recall hearing any collapses or whumphs in the snowpack, however.
With the partner watching, the victim dropped into the slope, immediately triggereing the slide. He was carried hundreds of feet through steep rocky terrain and reportedly went over a small cliff band and came to a stop only partially buried. The partner called for a rescue, alerting both the Snowbird Ski Patrol and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, who subsequently accessed and evacuated the victim.
This was in steep northwest facing terrain, terrain that no doubt held old rotten snow from October. The investigation will show more on Monday.
Weather & Avalanche History:
Collapsing of the snow pack occurred all week prior to the accident. There were two slab avalanches triggered early in the week and no less then 12 human triggered avalanches during the day of the accident. Over an inch of water weight was added to our weak pre existing snow, obviously too much weight for the snowpack to stay put with people on the steeper slopes.
Ten eerste een trieste gebeurtenis uiteraard!
Ongelofelijk dat iemand die zulk soort dingen doet dan zo aan z'n einde komt. Als je het verhaal zo leest was het ook niet echt verstandige outing, je zou anders verwachten van mensen met zo veel ervaring (of juist niet?!). No formal training, no avy gear, lawinebericht niet gecheckt en in de hike al een grote lawine getriggerd... Maar achteraf zo oordelen is altijd uit de context uiteraard, misschien speelden er meer factoren mee.
Goed trouwens dat die lawinedienst zulk soort uitgebreide analyses op internet zet, laten we hier van leren!