Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: California Creek

Route & General Observations

Natural avalanche in the California Creek drainage. Observed from Alyeska Resort.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect East Northeast
Elevation 2600ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

It appeared from afar that there was a thinner fracture line slightly above the fracture visible in this photo. The red line on the photo approximates where the thinner fracture was. It was viewed from a distance without magnification but I'd guess that there are portions of the thicker fracture line around a meter deep.

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