Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Douglas Island

Route & General Observations

As seen from the drive up and the lift.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Unknown
Aspect UnknownElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

Multiple slides observable from the road and Ptarmigan. Most notable were the slides across the entire face of Fish Creek Knob from between the Gill/Main all the way across to the right shoulder; the lower lookers right shoulder of Stuart which looks to have had a shallow storm slab trigger into the deeper layers below; Showboat Y gully triggered through multiple terrain features; and an impressive slide on Hilda Face/Warhorse roughly 600-800' across with debris stopping feet short of the far side of the valley floor.

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

We observed isolated shooting cracks adjacent to the wind effected snow in on area on the windward upper elevations.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm and sunny between the storms.

Snow surface



Still in a regime where the MLK crust is bearing an ever greater load. While the numerous obvious recent slides made for a show from the lift of note is the many areas did not release but are set to receive substantially more snow this weekend.

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