Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Ragged bowl

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Route & General Observations

Travelled up ragged top bowl via southern ridge. Mid level Clouds obscured view of alpine until ascending ridge. Winds were calm to 10kts from north higher up ridge. Entire ridge was scouted to old firm snow/ice…. made for some fairly spicy booting. Entered 3/4 of way up onto N facing ramp.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NortheastElevation 3600ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
Width 500ftVertical Run 1500ft
Avalanche Details

Two different natural avalanches. Lookers right looked a little older and possibly mid-storm. Looks to have stepped down mid run to a fairly good sized crown on far lookers right.

Second avalanche on lookers Left looks like point releases caused avalanche to step down in multiple different pockets. These crowns looked much fresher/sharper and more recent. Debris piles indicate either avalanche could be considered a D2.

We also triggered a D1 avalanche on a north facing ramp upon entering slope which skier was able to ski off fairly easily. As- R1-D1 ( 38° , 40’ x 12” , ran 500’, bed of faceted wind crusts)

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