Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Eddies, Sunburst, Cornbiscuit

Route & General Observations

Three groups from AAS L2 course toured up standard West routes:
Eddies to 2050′
Sunburst to 3600′
Cornbiscuit to 2100′

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Forecaster Comments

Additional information passed to the avalanche center to add to this report:
Natural sluffs occurred on the steep S facing terrain of Tincan that were initiated by solar heating. These entrained large amounts of snow and filled gullies.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect South
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

-Human triggered and natural dry loose sluffs on S aspect of Tincan Proper
-Dry loose on N aspect of Todd's run Tincan triggered by a group dropping a cornice
-Natural dry loose on S aspect of Sharks fin
-Whumph at 2000' on W aspect of Corn Biscuit

-Old filled in crowns were visible on Wolverine below 2500' on S aspect

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny
Teens to low 20F's
Calm wind
No precip

Snow surface

3-6mm surface hoar at all elevations on ~20 low density snow


Test plus pit: Eddies at 2150' on NE aspect
CT13 down 30cm on decomp fragments, CT23 on 1mm rounding facets on the MLK interface
PST80/100 End 95cm below the surface on 4F layer of 1-2mm rounding facets just above the NYE crust
ECTX x 2
Several hand pits failed with moderate force down 30-35cm below surface

Pits: Sunburst 2400' on SW aspect
CT20 down 40cm on DF and .3-.5 NSF
ECTP28 down 56cm down on 4F facets above NYE crust
PST68/100 down 56cm on 4F facets above NYE crust

Pits: Corn Biscuit to 2000' on W aspect
CT's mid teens density change within the top 20-25cm
ECTX x 2
PST35 above NYE crust on 4F facets 80cm below surface
PST55 below NYE crust on 4F facets 65cm below surface
PST75 above NYE crust on 4F facets 60cm below surface

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