Observation: Girdwood

Location: Raggedtop

Route & General Observations

Toured up the standard Raggedtop route to about 2,500′. Our goal for the day was to to dig a pit and check out snow conditions. We dug one pit on an East facing slope at about 2,440′

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

Sky was obscured with clouds all day, light snow flurries <1cm/hr, no wind when starting on Crow creek road around 11:30am but began to feel downwind gusts around 2,000'. Wind began to pick up once in the bowl to about 10-15mph. Temperature at snowpit was 24 deg. F (windchill made it feel much colder).

Snow surface

A few cm of fresh snow on top of the scoured track up Ragged. Made it slightly easier to grab an edge but still tricky skinning. The snow in the trees was low-density powder but with increasing winds could feel snow becoming more consolidated in open areas. Ridge was scoured down to the rock.


Dug one pit on an 35 degree East facing slope at about 2,400', 130cm to the ground. Top 25cm, new snow sitting on 25cm of facets, bottom 80cm a melt/freeze solid pencil/knife layer.
CT12 (Q3,RP) 25cm
ECTX18, 25cm