Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Troy

Route & General Observations

We took the standard skin track up and skied 2 lines. The second descent resulted in an avalanche.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthwestElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 10in
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried? 1
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

The avalanche occurred on the steep face/chute above rescue meadow in between the cliffs. The first skier preformed a ski cut without triggering anything. The first skier then descended the chute hugging the tree line without incident. The second skier took a hard turn in the middle of the chute triggering a soft slab and was carried ~150'. The skier settled partially buried mostly on top.

Events of the day

CT test was preformed with no results. Snow pack was analyzed. No obvious weak layers were observed. First run of the day was on lower angle terrane. Second lap of the day triggered the avalanche.

Rescue events

Partial buried. Skier did not need to be rescued

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Observer Comments

New snow, wind.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Heavy snow, moderate winds. Poor visibility at higher elevations.


CT test was preformed with no results. The top 2 feet of the snowpack seemed fairly homogenous. No obviously reactive layers or weak layers. Old snow surface was a likely bedding plane.

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