Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: Wedding bowl

Route & General Observations

Wedding bowl

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Unknown
Aspect EastElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
Width 150ftVertical Run 500ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

After skiing the main chute on Ben Stewart at around 9 AM, I skated out to the upper EC nordic trails to watch the 4 skiers, who i could make out on one of the prominent ridges about 100 feet below the summit, ski the same main chute at around 10 AM. 2 skiers descended the 800' fall line without triggering anything, but the 3rd skier triggered a sizable avalanche 30-50 cm deep and 150 feet wide. I'm a little rattled.

Events of the day

Skier able to hold his positions in an R3-D3 avalanche. Skier triggered, propogation ~ 200 feet below cliff bands

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

Previous avalanches had occurred the day before- natural point releases on the east facing rim below Ben Stewart as well as the bowl west of Cropley chute.

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