Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies - west face and north bowl and trees

Route & General Observations

In standard trail and skin track to the top of the west face and also ridge to the base of the head wall.

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

No shooting cracks but slab like conditions with localized cracking around skin track and short roll overs. Steep roll overs cracking and releasing when tested at mid elevations.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken clouds, light winds and temps in the low 30's. Scattered fog and snow with deteriorating visibility after 15:00.

Snow surface

Upside down snowpack, very punchy with thick dense snow over low density snow (6" - 10") most prominent in the mid-elevations (~1500' to 2500"). Above 2500' snow surface is wind effected and variable with wind slab, drifts and scoured areas.


all hand pits were easy shears or failed on isolation. All went on the interface between the new 02/16 snow and a wind/melt freeze crust.
A group of skiers were able to get a steep rollover to release with a ski test on the west face. It ran on a hard melt freeze w/ near surface facets bed surface.

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