Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Eaglecrest

Route & General Observations

Same pit location as 11-24 observation. Lee aspect, 2700ft, moderate wind loading, approx 35 degrees. Two layers failed when attempting to isolate a column. Didn’t measure exact depth, look at photos. Both layers broke simultaneously when isolating column. Both fairly clean shear.

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Observer Comments

Significant weak layer on early November ice crust that was the weak layer in the Wedding Bowl avalanche. Approx 2-4cm facets at that layer, see photo. Didn't measure depth, it's pretty obvious when you dig. Not sure what it would take to get this layer to go, probably steep aspect and smaller slide might be enough to have it "step down" to this layer. Would be catastrophic if it did. But again, one skier might not create the energy to cause it to rip.

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