Observation: Girdwood

Location: Max's Mountain

Route & General Observations

Stayed low and toured through the trees, then climbed out and up via the S/SW aspect of Max’s mountain to the summit. The established skintrack was west of us but we just missed it and broke trail further east/south. Exited via our skintrack down to Virgin Creek and out the valley floor.

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

Heard an audible whumph while breaking trail on the south/southwest aspect at around 2500ft.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear sky, calm winds.

Snow surface

Wind and sun crust in the alpine, settled powder at treeline.