Observation: Turnagain

Location: Magnum

Route & General Observations

Came out of sunburst parking lot and approached magnum on the north east facing ridge. Had to boot pack starting about halfway up. Stayed lookers left where the snow thin in the rocks. There was a windslab a few cm thick where there was snow.

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

There was an avalanche that appeared to be from the last storm cycle. It was on the east side of the bowl on a south south west facing aspect. It appeared to be from the last storm cycle. It wasn't there last Saturday (12/30).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

About 5-6 inches of new snow.
No wind.

Snow surface

New snow from two days ago with settled powder underneath from the last storm cycle. About 20 cm of settled snow with a greater than 1 meter thick wind slab underneath.


Snowpack thicker than 240cm probe about 10 meters below the ridge. Dug two pits.
Had fist density for the first 15 cm.
~1 finger density down from there. Pretty consistent snow.
Storm snow crushed off the top of the column. Then CT 15-18 Q2 broke at about 20 cm below the fresh snow.