Observation: Girdwood

Location: Portage and Placer Road Obs

Route & General Observations

D1-D1.5 loose dry avalanches that looked fresh from recent snow on a variety of aspects at mid to upper elevations in steep areas on a variety of aspects. A few crowns were spotted in 20 mile, a D1 slab avalanche on Maynard was observed, and what we think was a fairly large crown at the back of the Byron drainage. Wind affected snow was seen on a variety of aspects.

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

Recent dry loose and a few slab avalanches from the last storm cycle as mentioned above.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Bear Valley RWIS station: HS=60 cm. Height of new snow=20 cm
Near Placer Overflow lot: HS=30 cm. Height of new snow=10-15cm
Near Placer River lot: HS-35-45 cm. Height of new snow=10-15 cm

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