Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Burns Glacier

Route & General Observations

Across Portage Lake, up Burns glacier, across Whittier glacier to peak 3,609 (maybe has a common name).

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Southeast
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Skier descending shoulder of Baird Peak triggered small wind slab. D0.5-->1. Did not observe the incident directly, were about 1 mile away from it on closest approach, tracks lead away so did not investigate further.

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

Heavy wind-loading onto north-east and south-east aspects through the morning into the early afternoon. Recent natural avalanches on same aspect.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny until the evening when clouds rolled in from the west. High winds from the northwest (up glacier) most of the day, gusts into the 40s-50s on the ridge lines. Winds died down in the evening, or at least appeared to with descent in elevation back to the lake.

Snow surface

Sastrugi and lots of it.