Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Showboat ridge

Route & General Observations

Skinned up showboat with ambition to ski showboat extreme (off the top of showboat ridge). It was wind scoured so we checked out a line two gullies South. We did a brief snow assessment then decided to ski down just to skiers right of showboat.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

Soft fluffy snow with gradually increasing density.


We dug on the ridge above the intended line and found more wind slab action than expected. ECTP23 CT22 on a crust 50 cm down. We opted to ski a mellower line instead. On the descent we triggered a couple of wind pockets in small crossloaded gullies next to showboat. Avalanche terrain decision making is generally a wicked learning environment with no feedback as to whether we choose wisely, foolishly, or overly conservatively. It was neat to have that immediate validation that we chose well to not ski a committing gulley.

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