Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Ben Stewart: Wedding Bowl

Route & General Observations

Our group followed an established skin track to the summit of Ben Stewart and through Wedding Bowl. Snow conditions above the treeline consisted of about 2-5in of light snow on a hardened crust with lots of wind redistribution. The skin track intersected an avalanche mentioned in previous observations that recent snow cover. The crown was visible at the foot of the rock face near the beginning of Wedding Bowl. This previous avalanche appeared to be a wind slab from snow off the upper bowl terrain which was pretty windblown and crusty. A snow pit had been dug before we arrived in the avalanche debris path and a brief inspection didn’t show any lower snowpack instability. But there were further signs of windblown snow around the area and hoarfrost on the surface near the summit.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Some new snow but maybe only a dusting. Temp around 26F. Lots of previous wind but not much today

Snow surface

Some new snow and wind deposited snow. Some hoarfrost on the upper summit area.


Informal ECT stability test.