Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Saddle Mountain N Bowl, North Douglas

Route & General Observations

Saddle Mountain descent to Bonnie Bray Hood. Home Run Crew.

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 in wind slab pockets. Main issue is the snowpack structure. This whole bowl has the freezing rain crust/facet combo mostly intact from top to bottom and into the meadows/glades below. Recent winds built isolated wind slabs.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly clear, cool temps. Very light NE breeze at summit; no wind in bowl.

Snow surface

Breakable freezing rain crust with very thin faceted snow on top and facets below.


Pockets of wind slab. Mostly freezing rain crust underlaid by facets.

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