Observation: Other Regions

Location: Whitter

Route & General Observations

Whittier to a high point of ~4,400′.

Avalanche Details
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Avalanche Details

A couple storm slabs observed above Burns Glacier. Appeared to be 12-18" thick, likely just storm snow. Wet loose easy to initiate on steep southerlies below about 1500'.

Note: My partner and I had a close call with a bergschrund today. Photo below. He was descending on his snowboard and opened up the schrund ~6' in front of his board. Fortunately he put a hard heel edge in and was able to stop, then traverse skiers right into mellower terrain without incident. If folks are skiing/ riding on the ice fields this spring, please gear up with appropriate crevasse rescue kits, harnesses (worn by everyone) and the skills to know how to affect a safe and successful crevasse rescue.

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

Recent storm slabs ~12-18" deep.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Skies clearing throughout the day. Winds were calm but started picking up from the WNW around 6pm. 41 degrees in town at 2pm.

Snow surface

A couple inches of new snow overnight. Moist surface below ~1500 and dried out with elevation. We found cold, dry snow at upper elevations on N aspects, around 4,000'.


Dug a pit at 4,000' on a N aspect. ECTN down 45cm on a storm interface. Felt consistent with the storm slabs we were seeing earlier in the day. Right-side up snowpack.

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