Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Below Bunny Toe Pass

Route & General Observations

Standard route up Fish Creek Knob. Cold and windy and parking lot, fairly calm wind on the skin track and in the bowl. Saw the debris from the natural avalanche that was observed and submitted a few days ago.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm wind during the time we were up there, on previous days strong winds were out of the SE.
Air temp: -16°C

Snow was lightly starting fall as we were leaving.

Snow surface

Slightly wind scoured, breakable crust, decent pockets of soccer snow in the trees in the bowl.


Elevation: 2500'
Aspect: South
Incline: 30°

Dug down 150cm, to the Thanksgiving Day crust. Performed a CT, ECT, and PST
Test results:
CT 10, down 25cm, RP
ECTN 5, down 15cm
ECTN 22, down 20cm
ECTP 25, down 20cm
PST on the Thanksgiving crust, PST 45/105, down 105cm

In summary, most reaction in first ~25cm. As of today, Thanksgiving layer is still persisting as a crust, facet, crust sandwich. 2 cm crusts with a 5 cm facet layer in between.