Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Eaglecrest

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the normal uptrack and skied numerous runs on the West side. Fresh snow and winds gusting over 50mph all day. As expected, we found touchy wind slabs on all aspects, including the lower mountain and in the trees. We stuck to small, sheltered terrain.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect NorthwestElevation 2200ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 8in
Width 40ftVertical Run 35ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Avalanche Details

Our party triggered 2 small (D1), windslab avalanches. First one was in upper Benches. We chose the least steep, smallest, and most leeward entrance in hopes avoiding a wind slab. I ski cut it with no results, then skied it. The second person in the group triggered a small slide that propagated above her and entrained her lower legs. She stayed on her feet but had to kick her legs free from the debris.

Second one was in lower Beartrap. A turn on top of a rollover in the trees produced a small propagation. See photo.

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