Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: False Troy

Route & General Observations

Toured up Troy bowl and dug on a West aspect at the bottom of the bowl. Found buried surface hoar (1.5-2mm in size) 30 centimeters down below this new champagne powder we just got. Did not get propagation in our ECT but did have a sudden planar fracture 30cm down in our column test (CT9).

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect West SouthwestElevation 2600ft
Slope Angle 36degCrown Depthunknown
Width 20ftVertical Run 60ft
Avalanche Details

This slab was very soft it could almost be described as a dry loose avalanche if you did not see it happen. It was harmless and we were able to outrun it easily. However this snow has barely had any time to settle into a slab, once it does and we get this storm coming in tomorrow, avalanche hazard is bound to rise. Watch out for that buried surface hoar layer.

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Observer Comments

New snow, wind loading.

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