Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Jewel Glacier - Crow Pass

Route & General Observations

Toured up to the Jewel glacier today. Observed multiple whumpfs just below the glacier and on the glacier. Triggered the little slide in the pictures just below the glacier when exiting to the lookers right (common exit for the Jewel Glacier).

The first skier skied down without incident, the second skier veered left and whoop there it was. Second skier easily skied away from the slide. Elevation was roughly 4500ft on a northwest aspect, the sun had not touched it. The slide was triggered when skiing over a shallow spot. Seemed like storm snow (around 1 foot) from the last night/yesterday.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northwest
Elevation 4500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Several whumpfs just below and on the Jewel Glacier.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Around 1 foot of storm snow from the past 24 hours.
Everything below 3500ish feet was wet and heavy.

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