Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Crow creek trail near mining debris.

Route & General Observations

Crow creek trail lower route. Slab about 8 to 16in. Soft slab getting harder with elevation gain.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect West Northwest
Elevation 2500ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown Depth 14inWidth 60ft
Vertical Run 60ft  
Avalanche Details

I remote triggered a moderately hard slab approximately 8-14 inches deep and about 60 ft wide. I was skinning on the trail underneath a convex rollover. I felt the slab tension and continued as a slope test. Then it broke about 50 ft above me and ran down onto the trail. Due to the large chunks and lack of momentum it did not hit me.

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

Yes low angle slabs human triggered

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Some wind loading. Sunny. 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Snow surface

Powder and wind slab.


Wind slab on buried surface hoar.

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