Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Troy

Route & General Observations

Regular Troy route. Nice undisturbed snow below ~2700 ft. Observed natural release noted by other folks.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect WestElevation 2800ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

Natural release wind slab - Same as observed in Caleb Wylie's obs.

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

Significant, active wind transport.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mixed clouds. Significant NE wind - active wind transport. Mostly cross loading primary aspects for troy skiing. No notable loading below ~ 2700 feet with the exception of the steeper faces (further out lookers right from skin track)

Snow surface

Powder below ~2700 ft. Intriguing sastrugi, wind slab, ice crust mosaic above.


Extended Column Test at 2800 ft. NW Aspect. 28 Degree Slope. Cross loaded, windslab surface. 135cm snowpack.
- ECTP2 at 20cms from surface. Interface between yesterday's new snow and the wind slab that has formed on top (natural release at similar aspect/elevation. Same layer interface, I believe).

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