Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Penguin Ridge - New glide avalanche and how to tell if it's new

Route & General Observations

It only takes a matter of hours for the bed surface of a new glide avalanche to melt down to the dirt if it’s facing the sun. There is typically a small amount of snow left on the bed surface from these types of avalanches, giving the bed surface a ‘lighter’ look. If sitting in direct sun, the snow can melt in as little as 1-2 hours! Hence, you know that the avalanche is very recent and a blinking sign to avoid travel under glide cracks.

*If there is no direct sun or warm temperatures to melt the bed surface, it can take much longer and is at the whim of the current weather – making timing much more difficult to determine.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
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Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
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Avalanche Details

Small glide avalanche release on SE aspect at 2,000'. We are observing several new glide avalanches a day along Turnagain Pass and in Girdwood.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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50F and sunny, light valley breeze

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