Observation: Girdwood

Location: Crow Pass Area

Route & General Observations

Toured up Crow Pass to Raven glacier. The trail from the summer parking lot to Crow Pass is a combination of breakable sastrugi, ice, concrete and slide for life traverses the entire way. Very challenging skiing. Once you reach Crow Pass the there is about 4” of new snow on top of crust. Once we dropped off of Crow Pass onto the protected Raven glacier we found 5” of soft snow on top of a nice supportable base. On SW facing slopes above Raven glacier (4500’) there was a 2” crust over deep faceted snow. On steeper south facing slopes there was about 4” of snow from Sunday’s storm on top of a consistent base.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny and cold. Temps in teens all day, windy at Crow Pass but calm elsewhere.

Snow surface

Ranged from ice and sastrugi in the Crow Pass area to nice consistent soft powder on the protected glacier to sun crust over styrofoam on steeper south facing lines.

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