Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Ben Stewart: Consolation Bowl exit traverse above Fish Creek

Route & General Observations

Booted/skinned up Ben Stewart the normal route. Skied out Consolation bowl due to widespread poor snow conditions (rime and wind slab).

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect SoutheastElevation 2200ft
Slope Angle 33degCrown Depth 8in
Width 15ftVertical Run 20ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Skier released a wind pocket in a small concavity (15ft wide) on the traverse above Fish Creek exiting from Consolation Bowl on Ben Stewart. Slab hardness was in between soft and hard slab. Max crown depth was 7 inches, but average of 1-4 inches deep. Slope angle was surprisingly low. Skier was knocked off their feet and carried 5ft downslope.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Heard a whumph while skinning in low angle terrain near the summit of Ben Stewart. 30+mph wind. Also observed debris from the recent avalanche in wedding bowl that Noah reported on.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

Wind scoured, wind deposited, rime, soft snow, melt-freeze crust. Really everything!

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