Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Troy

Route & General Observations

Toured up Troy through the trees. Snow transitioned from heavier wet snow down low to drier-but-not-totally-dry slab-infested wind blown pow at higher elevations. We dug a pit at about 2800 feet on a northwest facing aspect just below one of the last tree islands before poking into the open alpine. Pit revealed 30 to 35cm of fresh snow sitting on about a five to ten cm thick cold weather crust from last week, separated by a thin, loose sugary layer. Compression test produced CT5 32cm from the top. Extended column test produced ECTP13 35cm from the top where the propagation extended horizontally about 45cm between the new snow and the crust from last week. The top 30 to 35 centimeters easily slid off the extended column as a single piece when we put the shovel behind it.

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?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No