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Observations

Region: Girdwood
Location: Ragged Top
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Route & General Observations

We accessed the Ragged Top subridge via California Creek.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 35degCrown Depth3ft
Width 350ftLength 900ft  

Observer Comments

This slide was triggered remotely by a skier descending low-angle terrain approximately 200 yards away. The slide ran roughly 400' vertical feet.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?YesCracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes

Observer Comments

Numerous other natural slides visible throughout the area on a wide variety of aspects and slope angles.

Weather

Weather

Clear and calm, temps in the lower 30's F.

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

Dry boot-top powder and windblown snow.

Forecaster Comments

Forecaster Comments

First skier was descending skiers left of the slide when it occurred. The second skier heard a loud collapse when the avalanche was triggered. First skier then skinned back up to partner on flat area above and they descended the ridge, their orignial route.

Photos & Video

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