Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Wedding Bowl

Route & General Observations

Took the standard skin track up to Wedding Bowl. Dug on a North aspect on the bench before the skin track wraps around underneath the cornice path. Ultimately decided to ski elsewhere based on 1) flat light; 2) warming and general concerns about giant cornice shed; 3) not-very-fun wind buff/sun crust/rime observed at higher elevations the previous day.

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

Recent (presumably natural) avalanches observed on Showboat Extreme and Troy bowl from a few days ago. Wind from the previous day and warming factored into our decision-making.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast, ~30F, light/no wind

Snow surface

Settled powder


Dug a 120cm pit. Lots of layers in the snowpack to look at- notably numerous rain crusts and density changes (see Snow Pilot pit below). Most concerning layer was around 75 cm, where a density change from 1F to 4F was sandwiched between two rain crusts: ECTN 22, CT 22 at this layer.

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