Avalanche: Douglas Island

Location: West Bowl Eaglecrest (Ski Patrol Avalanche Mitigation)

Route & General Observations

Eaglecrest Ski Patrol Avalanche Mitigation in West Bowl.


Avalanche Details
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Trigger ExplosiveAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect North NortheastElevation 2600ft
Slope Angle 30degCrown Depth6ft
Width 60ftVertical Run 350ft
Avalanche Details

Triggered with 8lbs ANFO w/2lbs Pentex primer as the detonation unit.
Stepped down on three distinct layers each with faceting between.
220cm crown at its highest.
MFcr Base potentially from MLK day.

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

Natural avalanches observed a few days prior along with snow machine triggered slides.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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0600 (Snow study site at the Nest)
Current Temp - 23 Deg F
Current Precip - S-1
Max Temp (24hrs) - 29 Deg F
Min Temp (24hrs) - 23 Deg F
Snow Depth - 131 inches
HN24 - 10.2 inches
HST - 19.6 inches
Wind - 14kts w/gusts to 38kts out of 115.
SWE - roughly 2 inches

Snow surface


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