23 Nov 2011

One of many natural avalanches which occured on November 22 below the tree line and in the alpine terrain. Natural size 2 to size 3 were observed in many start zones with some avalanches running full path. This shot is just above the top of the Wizard Chair on Blackcomb Mountain on Freefall. This slide occcured in the new snow layers. Helicopter deployment of 2 kg charges yesterday on Blackcomb produced size 1 to 2.5 size avalanches. With almost a meter of snow in the past 48 hours some of the large avalanches were stepping down from new snow , down to the November 12 Th crust and then down into the Halloween crust. Crown lines as deep as 2.5 meters were observed.