Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Mt. Troy, west side

Route & General Observations

Standard skin track up Troy from Black Bear. Opted to dig on a northwesterly aspect higher up the skin track (~2700′) towards the transition area on the benches below the summit (as opposed to the usual pit area near the saddle). Widespread wind affected snow. Crust beneath 4-5cm of new snow observed at lower elevations, but absent in the bowl and above.

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

Natural avalanches observed on Ben Stewart and Fruit Bowl from the transition area. Wind loading/wind affected snow widespread.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Skies broken, moderate SE winds, temps in the mid 20s

Snow surface

Wind affected new snow


CT22 at 55cm, ECTP26 at 55cm. Skiied conservatively; ski cuts on steeper portions produced no results.

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