Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Super Bowl area (Between Magnum and Corn Biscuit)

Route & General Observations

Skier triggered slide in Superbowl.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northwest
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

On Thursday, March 3rd, while ascending Magnum's PMS Bowl, we noted a party of 3 booting up Superbowl on a wind loaded aspect (up track just lookers left of cornice) they skied off a high point of Super Bowl/Magnum. Later, we saw another party of 3 trigger a small wind slab that ended up entraining a lot of snow and running pretty fast R2-D2. It was the first skier that triggered it and he was not caught. The debris didn't seem deep enough for full burial but certainly big and fast enough for injury.

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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Snow surface

Varied melt-freeze crust on some direct South locations at lower and mid elevations on PMS. N facing Cornbiscuit chutes all got skied but tracks looked like snow was firmer from wind. There's some surface variability out there. Surface hoar down low in usual areas. The line that was skied doesn't get a cornice above it very often, particularly since it is directly opposite of usual wind patterns...

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