Observation: Turnagain

Location: Taylor Pass to Sunburst NE shoulder

Route & General Observations

Skinned to Taylor Pass and up to Wx station on Sunburst. Skied NE Shoulder to about 2500′. Ascended NE shoulder to Wx station and skied West aspect of Sunburst to Taylor Creek. 3″ new snow from overnight on 8″ of settled snow.

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

Along ridge on NE shoulder we found cracking in an isolated pocket of wind drifted new snow. Very localized and not widespread.

Recent glide avalanches: SW aspect of Tincan, SE aspect of Seattle Ridge, S aspect of Max's in Girdwood.
-Spoke with a group who witnessed a glide release on the SW aspect of Tincan from the top of Sunburst.

Recent avalanche debris on a South aspect between the Library and Kickstep.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny in the AM, become partly cloudy in the afternoon
32F-42F along the roadway
Winds - 10mph gusting to 20mph SW
No precip fell while we were there

Snow surface

1000' - 1" new on firm m/f crust
Above 2000' 3" new on variable surfaces (aspect dependent)
-Solar aspect 3" new on 1-2" sun crust
-Shaded aspects 3" new on 8" settled snow


Dug a several hand pits on shaded aspects between 2500 - 3000' and found good stability. Only a few test pits failed on a plane, but surface was broken and uneven and was difficult to get the slab to fail. Looked at the snow grains at the interface and just below the 3" of new snow and found rounds and decomposing fragments.

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