Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Dan Moller bowl

Route & General Observations

Had the cabin for a couple of nights and enjoyed three days of family-fun storm skiing!

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Heavy snowfall, swirling and gusting winds.

Snow surface

Deep light powder!


Dug a pit with the teens Friday 10am on a 38 degree S facing aspect above the cabin. CT11 at 35cm down, and CT15 and CT18 at a 70cm later. This 70cm layer propagated across the block on an ECT16, Q2 or Q3, while the 35cm layer went ECT11 with minimal propagation. There's another layer down at 145, and it collapsed on ECT25, without much propagation, but you can feel it with the probe for sure, and it's quite a bit thicker than the other two layers.

Skis cuts were sloughing on steeper stuff, and we were anxious about things stepping down, so we kept it to low angle trees. Snowmachiners were riding steeper stuff without snow moving around too much in the afternoon. Had to come out for work this morning, but there was a decent crust at the cabin elevation on our ski out.