Unlike the 2014 avalanche, much of this slide appeared to consist of water-saturated earth with a seasoning of boulders and shattered trees. It may have started high above the valley on the ridge to the right of the peak as photos taken by professional photographer Kip Wiley immediately after the avalanche occurred on Thursday show a very visible fracture line in the snow.
Work crews were quick to react and cordoned off Airport Way early Thursday afternoon. All vehicles were stopped and turned around until Saturday morning when I returned (for the third time) at 10:15 am.
Here are some photos that give you a clear idea of the scale of the slide: