Observation: Girdwood

Location: Raggedtop

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to 4,300′

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

Localized cracking on wind-affected east ridge. Recent shallow wind slab natural avalanche on N. aspect near ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm winds and sunny skies

Snow surface

2cm surface hoar below treeline on top of faceted pow. A glorious buffet of sastrugi, hard slab, and rime above treeline.


The views are better than the snow. Bring a good friend, sunglasses, and a positive attitude and you'll have a blast.

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