Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Five Sisters avalanche path in Portage valley / Seattle Ridge near Turnagain pass

Route & General Observations

Observations from the road – both Portage valley and Turnagain pass

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect North
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Five Sisters avalanche path had fresh debris which came within ~250 vertical feet of the valley bottom.

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

Above freezing temperatures (~40°F) plus fairly rapid loading from rain event.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Portage valley at 12p:
Cloud cover was around 1000' at noon.
40°F and raining
Strong east winds

Turnagain Pass at 1p:
Cloud cover ~4000'
light north winds

Snow surface

Heavy in both locations

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