Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Troy, Bottom of Bowling Alley

Route & General Observations

Heard minor collapsing on the ascent. Saw wind transfer.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast, windy (I'm assuming 15 sustained mph given the snow transfer, the gusts nearly knocked us over when transitioning), temps were below freezing, and it was actively snowing.

Snow surface

Approximately 7cm of new snow on top of a 1cm crust. Lower down the crust was thicker and more supportive of a skier's weight.


Performed an ECT on a North aspect, at 2500ft
ECTN22 @ 20 & 28
ECTN28 @ 60

Snow doesn't seem to be bounding well to the melt/freeze crust that was located 7cm down. Using a shovel shear, that was the first layer to go with minimal effort.