Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Troy Saddle

Route & General Observations

Temps were warm today with calm winds, started the day out with some sun but quickly went to overcast. From the EC parking lot observed small point releases and roller balls on Showboat. Headed up towards Troy with a Level 1 class, taking the usual track up. Some new snow from the day before, pretty moist snow. All the trees were shedding their snow and roller balls were observed on almost all aspects and and from treeline on up. Some ski cuts on the face of Troy from other people skiing in the area resulted in some small point releases. Temps were rising throughout the day, with some new snow starting around 2pm, that quickly turned to rain by the time we got back to the parking lot.

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

Small point releases, rapid warming and some new snow/rain depending on elevation.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Wind has stayed strong enough to transport new snow onto leeward aspects
New snow later in the day, warming temps, rain at lower elevations.


Performed a CT and ECT at about 720m elevation, SSW aspect on a 28 degree slope
CT23Q3 50cm down on a ~2cm crust with facets underneath
CT28Q3 120cm down

ECTP23 50cm down

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