Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Jewel Mt

Route & General Observations

Started hiking up Crow Pass trail around noon, was able to put skins on when trail splits into the high route up. Numerous large slides that had already happened along trail. Got below Jewel Mt and skinned up the chute on the right side of a waterfall, already tracks going up. Pretty good amount of fresh snow several feet maybe. Got to top of glacier as 5 or 6 skiers were just heading down, observed a fairly big slide coming off a mountain on other side of glacier with lots of snow pouring into a crevasse. Ride down was pretty nice pow skiing hitting occasional rock under snow on way down. Got back to the top of chute above waterfall and everything had slid off the mountainside with debris going down several hundred feet or so and saw a group of skiers down at the bottom in the debris, had to slide and carefully hike down through the debris to get back down. Briefly asked a skier if they’d triggered the slide and they said yes and one of them had been caught up a little bit but nobody was hurt and everyone carefully made it back down to the lower part of trail. Numerous slides were all over the valley that looked pretty recent.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type0Aspect Unknown
Elevation 3800ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Soft wet snow, fairly large boulder size chunks

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cloudy then sunny

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