Observation: Girdwood

Location: Crow Creek

Route & General Observations

Surface hoar on top of about 20cm of soft snow and a crust on our route. We were concerned about the ski down being challenging on breakable crust. But suprisingly it was just suportable if skiing gingerly and the skiing was not bad. We did an ECT and got no result. There was a double crust 20cm and 25cm down. We noticed several glide cracks on Goat Mt. One today. See photos taken yesterday (12/28) and today (12/29).

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

Recent glide crack release in the area.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies, calm wind.

Snow surface

Surface hoar on light powder over a crust. Noticed surface hoar on the skin track from overnight. No wind effect.


ECTX. HS 128cm. Pulled block off with shovel at interface down 63 cm.

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