Saturday morning, April 21, 2012, I was skiing in Woodchuck Basin.
At about 10:30, I heard a great roar. I looked around and saw that some large snow blocks (“rollers”) had fallen off of the rocks at the top of the ridge. This avalanche was naturally triggered.
I had passed below that spot 15 minutes previous. For safety, I had gone down and considerbly out of the way as I passed that point. The avalanche prediction for the day was “considerable” for steep aspects receiving a lot of sun. Exactly where this snow let go. A picture is here.
Clearly, this a reminder that backcountry skiing has its dangers.
Just above 8,000 feet, there was some decent corn at 10AM. But 400 feet down, it was deep mush.