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Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Crow Creek

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Route & General Observations

End of crow Creek Rd to ~2000’ dig pit. Ski 2 laps

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet Loose Snow
Aspect South SouthwestElevation 2200ft
Slope Angle 38degCrown Depthunknown
Width 30ftVertical Run 200ft
Avalanche Details

3 different wet loose seen naturally release within 5 minutes of one another beginning at 1345pm. Start zone for each was S-Sw aspect, approximately 38degrees, and running into lower angles. Total length of avalanches was about 200’ with average width of 30’. One avalanche crossed skin track. Extremely slow moving. Many new, similar avalanches seen in same elevation band on similar aspects.

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

Old wet loose avalanches. Roller balls.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Sunny, ~36F, calm wind

Snow surface

Thin ice crust on surface. 10-15cm soft, wet

Snowpack

60 cm total depth. Well consolidated with facets at ground. CTX but failure at ground with heavier testing. ECTX.

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