Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Raggedtop

Route & General Observations

Signs of wind in the alpine, largely unaffected snow in the trees.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect East Northeast
Elevation 1300ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 9inWidthunknown
Vertical Run 5ft  
Avalanche Details

Small slab broke on a layer of buried surface hoar. Broke on a steep rollover in an alder field and had nowhere to run as the landing was very flat.

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Observer Comments

Ran into forecasters digging a pit and they informed us of failures within their tests. This as well as wind affected snow becoming more prevailing informed our decision to begin our descent.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No new snow, medium winds picked up at tree line, temps around freezing (32 Fahrenheit).

Snow surface

Settled powder


Informed of two failures without propagation on a layer of facets by forecasters digging a pit. Did not dig a pit of our own, but we observed a failure on a layer of buried surface hoar.

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