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Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Max’s

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Observer:
Route & General Observations

Toured up Max’s via normal skin route. Assesed snow conditions on the way up and decided normal skin route was safe to ascend. Tested snowpack and as a group decided to ski a conservative line. Fourth skier triggered a slab at the top of Max’s. Slow moving soft avalanche ran out the length of avalanche path. Everyone was safe. Wind effect from the night before on top of max s resulted in the slab. Only the top part of max s was wind effected resulting in a poor judgement.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect SouthElevation 3000ft
Slope Angle 30degCrown Depth 10in
Width 50ftVertical Rununknown
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

New snow from previous storm. Sunny, no wind, and around 25 degrees.

Snow surface

New snow with wind effect at very top.

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