Observation: Girdwood

Location: Max's

Route & General Observations

Toured up to 2,000′, just past the dense trees on the ridge and rode the open meadows on the south side of the ridge. Started up around 11:30 and returned at about 5:00. Heavy snow and quite windy when we were up above the dense trees on the ridge – enough wind to stop there and enjoy the lower angle slopes near the ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Heavy snow and wind. Good visibility given the snow.

Snow surface

New snow on settled powder.


Dug a pit at 1700' - ECTN, CTN. Shovel sheer broke at 25 cm and 75cm with some force. Snowpack was right side up, progressing from F to P in our pit.