Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Showboat Ridge

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the standard Showboat uptrack intending to dig a pit and ski the least alder-y route out. Stability tests were mostly unremarkable, but our ski out produced different results: on the descent at we triggered numerous (albeit small) loose-wet sluffs on the new snow/crust interface at several elevation bands. While small, the sluffs could have easily knocked you off your feet, and the heavy snow was challenging to negotiate. Definitely made me think about terrain traps.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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About 22cm new snow on the upper crust layer. Winds moderate out of SE; 26F at pit site.

Snow surface

New snow, partially rimed.


CT13 down 30cm (this was the crust layer the wet loose was sliding on)
CT18 down 98.

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