Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Baird Peak

Route & General Observations

toured from portage lake up Baird peak.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthwestElevation 1700ft
Slope Angle 40degCrown Depth 8in
Width 10ftVertical Run 50ft
Avalanche Details

Small D .05 slab triggered by a snowboarder on a short isolated roller.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Very windy, sustained winds in the 30mph range.

Snow surface



Pits 1 and 2 1000ft Northwest and West Aspects
CT 4 @ 10cm Q2, CT 24 @ 120cm, ECTNX

Both pits failed on interface of new snow wind scour, and then failed on Melt-Freeze at 120cm

Pit 3 1600ft Northwest, 29 degree slope
CT 13 @ 15cm, CT 21 at 35cm.

CT 21 failed on Melt/Freeze