Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Road Report (Tincan, Sunburst, Eddies and Seattle Ridge new avalanches)

Route & General Observations

Great afternoon in the rain for CNFAIC’s meet and greet at the ‘Turnagain Pass 20 Years Later’ event! While there we noted several new avalanches from today.
1- Most scenic – Tincan’s CFR bowl (lower SW face of the ridge, 2500′ elev.).
2- New glide avalanche on Eddies SW face (~2,500′).
3- We spoke with the Alaska Avalanche School Level 1 course who saw and heard 3 avalanches on the North aspect of Sunburst (elev. unknown).
4- This course also witnessed wet avalanche debris in motion on Seattle Ridge (just South of the moto lot, East aspect, elev. unknown).

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

All these avalanches likely released between 2,000 and 2,500'.
All aspects: W, SW, E, N
Debris is gouging to ground and as of a few days ago are starting to take the whole snowpack with them.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light rain with some brief glimmers of sun around 1pm. Temperatures at 1,000' in the parking lot were mid 40'sF. Light North winds.

Snow surface

Wet, mushy, unsupportable snow at 1,000' (isothermal snowpack). Total depth around 4-6 feet.


Glide cracks are opening and a few small glides have released (Eddies/Seattle Ridge/Cornbiscuit). Note the new glide cracks on the lower portion on the Tincan Trees.

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