Wet Avalanche above People's Gate

Location Name: 
People's Gate
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown): 
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 02:11
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Avalanche Observations
Avalanche Type: 
Wet
Loose/Point-Release
Slope: 
38degrees
Trigger type: 
Natural
Crown Height: 
2 ft
Aspect: 
Southeast
Weak Layer: 
Storm Snow
Avalanche Width: 
80ft.
Terrain: 
Below Treeline
Elevation: 
7 200ft.
Bed Surface: 
Storm Snow
Avalanche Length: 
125ft.
Number of similar avalanches: 
1
Number of people caught: 
0
Did the avalanche hit a building, vehicle, or structure?: 
No
More detailed information about the avalanche: 

Upon arrival to people's gate this morning we noticed it had rained overnight. Just above our FS snowmobile trailer this pocket of saturated snow had pulled out. Wet loose snow could be seen and felt under-tracks till we reached 8000', then wind drifted snow. The snow increased as we rode higher in to the BWRA to 15" in wind-blown pockets around Sardine Meadow but visibility was low to nonexistent. The likelihood of remotely triggering a wind-slab while we rode up Leavitt Lake Rd was possible & gut-instinct told us to turn around. Very extreme weather was seen & is forecasted for our Recreation Area for the next few days. Suppress the urge to get rowdy until the mountains have blessed us with safer conditions!

Avalanche Photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Gale Force
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour