Observation: Turnagain

Location: Cornbiscuit

Route & General Observations

Standard approach from the parking lot. Entered the southern face from the second entrance. The light was flat- but once we got to the shrub line at the bottom of our ski the sky opened up briefly and we had a chance to look up and see recent natural avalanches scattered across the entire southern face. We skied through several different debris fields until we wrapped around the western face. There was new snow on top of the debris so our guess is that the slides occurred on Saturday 1/26/19.

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
Observer Comments

Strong winds at the summit scoured the top portions of the northern chutes and we were fearful that the southern aspect was loaded. The light was flat but after a ski cut there wasn’t any obvious signs of significant loading.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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New snow. With gusts of wind and the rain/freeze line at about 1600’

Snow surface

Snow on the skin up on the west face was very consistent during our pole tests. Snow on the southern face was variable with pockets of wind deposited powder.