Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: The Notch

Route & General Observations

Took the cat track to powder hut and up to about 2100ft. Cat track exit is a bit harry. Needs more snow! Crust started at about 1600ft then snow becomes bottomless below that. Fun skiing above 1600ft.
(Thanks to the second party for the skin track! Also – please don’t leave full beers in the huts during the winter.)

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect West
Elevation 2100ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Remote triggered by second party skinning

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

Fresh avy - Second party remote triggered small slide

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast, light flurries all day, she tried to go blue but never did , 15 degrees at parking lot at 11am, no wind

Snow surface

About 12" new light powder from yesterday's storm


Remote trigger by a second party on the mountain. We dug left of the slide found the following
CTC Q2/3-failed under weight of shovel, 65cm down, between the massive ice layer (Halloween storm?) and snow interface
2nd - CT6 Q3 about 25ish cm down (Veterans day?)
Pit @2'100ft W aspect HS 170cm (Not sure if I actually penetrated through the full ice layer to theh ground)
Area seemed to be protected from yesterday's winds.

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