Avalanche: Girdwood

Location: Ragged Top

Route & General Observations

We accessed the Ragged Top subridge via California Creek.

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Forecaster Comments

First skier was descending skiers left of the slide when it occurred. The second skier heard a loud collapse when the avalanche was triggered. First skier then skinned back up to partner on flat area above and they descended the ridge, their orignial route.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth3ftWidth 350ft
Vertical Run 900ft  
Avalanche Details

This slide was triggered remotely by a skier descending low-angle terrain approximately 200 yards away. The slide ran roughly 400' vertical feet.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Numerous other natural slides visible throughout the area on a wide variety of aspects and slope angles.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and calm, temps in the lower 30's F.

Snow surface

Dry boot-top powder and windblown snow.

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