Avalanche: Portage / Placer

Location: Bard

Route & General Observations

Portage Pass to Bard. Firm wind hammered crusts on most aspects at lower elevations. The cold temps have done a decent job faceting these crusts and riding quality was decent. Soft snow at 3000′ on protected aspects.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect Unknown
Elevation 2000ftSlope Angle 50deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 300ft
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Very large windslab that failed on the ground at 2000' feet on a north aspect on the unnamed peak between Burns and Portage Glaciers. Very steep windloaded terrain. Time of avalanche unknown. Crown appeared to vary between 3 feet and maybe up to 20 feet in the most wind loaded spot. Viewed from across Burns Glacier on Bard.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cold inversion in valley floor. -3 at car at 9 am. Pleasant temps above 1000'. 20 ish degrees in the shade. Probably 30 in the sun. Calm winds.

Snow surface

Crusty and firm to 1000'. Then faceted snow on firm snow to 2000'. Soft snow above 2000' in protected areas.


Some glide cracks but much less than in other nearby areas.

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