Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Crow Creek - Crow Pass TH area, Goat Mtn.

Route & General Observations

Quick walk around the Crow Creek area and Crow Pass trail head area.
Several small to large wind slab avalanches appeared to happen at tail end of last storm.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type0Aspect West Southwest
Elevation 5200ftSlope Angle 45deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Several small to medium recent wind slabs in area, appeared to have mostly all released near tail end of last storm. Most notable avalanches were on Goat Mtn, wind loaded West-Southwest aspect (lookers right of Goat couloir). Large wide propagating wind slab stepped down to a deep layer in one area. Step down probably triggered by cornice fall or triggered by wind slab...? Notice large deep crown in picture on lookers upper left up near ridge top, along with the longer shallower wind slab crown.

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

Several small to large wind slabs observed on steep wind loaded terrain in the Crow Pass TH area, with a high concentration on Goat Mtn.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly Sunny, Calm wind, high 20's.

Snow surface

Traveled about 1,500-2,000 ft. Crusty snow with a few cm of fresh new snow on surface of crust, faceting out with recent cold temps. Surface Hoar growing.


A quick partial day in the sun, no snowpack tests completed.

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