Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Sunny Bowl on back of Ben Stewart

Route & General Observations

Skinned up to Bunny Toe Pass then up Ben Stewart. Skied the South facing bowl on the back of Ben Stewart. Gusty Taku winds above tree line.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect SouthwestElevation 3000ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 6in
Width 40ftVertical Rununknown
Near Miss / Accident Details
Avalanche Details

The third skier in a group of 4 remotely triggered a D1 windslab avalanche. Prior to the run the group identified the rollover as a potentially wind loaded area and agreed to avoid it. We all went to the skier’s right. The third skier through remotely triggered the slide from approximately 20 feet away. She considered straight lining it and throwing a backflip over the moving debris but instead decided to stop skiing and let the slide run out of energy before assessing her next move.

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