Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Mt Troy Bowl - Mid

Route & General Observations

Alaska Avalanche School Level 1 Course. We were targeting recently wind loaded snow at this location. Standard up track from Hilda Meadows to Troy Bowl in the trees. Most of the west/SW trees/glades were wind sheltered but much of Troy bowl and upper slopes were visually scoured/wind loaded.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Cracking on switchback tests/parallel track travelling tests (see attached photo for cracks on test slope). Ongoing wind loading in alpine lee slopes (SE to W).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm to light N winds in woods but off and on gusty winds in alpine. Air temp was -3F at 2300'.

Snow surface

Variable; ranged from soft and faceted new snow in sheltered glades/trees to scoured or wind slab in more exposed alpine.


See attached profile.

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