Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Eaglecrest Backcountry

Route & General Observations

Just sharing some general obs from the last few days covering terrain near Troy and high east. Observed a stable snowpack, with limited signs of instability. The soft new snow on top of the Dec 8 rain layer has produced a few small, loose dry avalanches in steep terrain. Yesterday we observed very isolated and thin (~5-10cm thick) wind slab formation near ridgetops. As one last note – I’ve observed isolated near surface faceting, and weak bonding to the Dec 8 old snow surface. With no slab on top of it, it has served as an enjoyable surface for skiing, but something to keep in mind as the next loading event starts this morning.