Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Jennifer's (skiers left of Tugboat Alley), Eaglecrest

Route & General Observations

Took Barrel Roll, hard right on/to Benches, then down Tugboat Alley. My partner took the skier’s left side of Tugboat. I skied the skier’s right side of Jennifer’s.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Wet Loose Snow
Aspect UnknownElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
Width 15ftVertical Run 100ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

I skied over a convex roll to drop into Jennifer's, and briefly noted an old crown just below the top. Upon almost reaching the bottom of the pitch, I briefly slowed down to navigate the old/existing debris field. My wet sluff caught up with me, knocked me off my feet, and carried me about 20 feet until I got off the flank into the trees.

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

Lots of recent precip, and multiple wet loose visible on TSA ridgeline.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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27-33mph ESE winds
Mt Roberts Gauge is showing 31cm new snow for 37mm of SWE
Snow line approx 1000 feet

Snow surface



Unreactive ski cut, unreactive hand shears