Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Road obs between Whittier and Ingram Creek.

Route & General Observations

Afternoon road trip to view the avalanche carnage in the wake of this potent spring storm. Girdwood – Ingram corner – Portage – Whittier.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Widespread natural avalanche cycle since 3/27. Likely most active 4/4 - 4/6. All aspects and elevation bands. Portage and Placer zones seemed to have the most activity.

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

Roller balls observed this afternoon in Portage on due south slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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46 degrees in Girdwood at 4:30pm. 43 degrees in Portage. 38 degrees in Whittier. Winds were light from the east. Skies partly to mostly sunny. Definitely the most sun we've seen in a week and a half.

Snow surface

Many areas around Girdwood and Portage sported a 'sheen' indicative of a sun crust. Rain runnels very evident on terrain in Whittier leading up to the Whittier Glacier.


Most avalanches I observed appeared to be breaking mid-pack (storm snow only?). Many were very connected and showing serious propagation potential, indicative of failing on buried surface hoar or facets.

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