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PHOTOS: Massive Wet Slab Avalanche at the Yellowstone Club

Checking out the slide's 6-foot crown. Doug McCabe/Gallatin Nat'l Forest Avalanche Center photo.

On May 19th, 2020, a large wet slab naturally released on the northeastern aspect of Montana's Yellowstone Club. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center sent personnel to investigate the slide, and determined that the slide was triggered by a cornice fall. 

Crown-town, USA. H. Dougherty photo.

The slab's crown depth ranged between four and nine feet over an 1800-foot width. Luckily, no one was caught in the slide, though it did hit one of the resort's lift towers. 

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The slide ran nearly 1000 feet downhill, leaving a large debris field of churned-up slabs of dense, old snow:

Looks like difficult skiing to us. Doug McCabe/Gallatin Nat'l Forest Avalanche Center photo.

For more photos of and information about the slide, see Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center's report here.

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