Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

We took the skin track in from the center ridge parking lot. Skinned to tree line on Tincan and skied the trees. Numerous shooting cracks observed and several new avalanches since Saturday. We heard no whomping as reported on Eddies, even when breaking trail. We observed one skier get caught in a avalanche(D1) he triggered–presumably running on last weeks buried surface hoar layer.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Overcast and snowing lightly. Air temperature ~5*C

Snow surface

Dry low density snow


Generally right side up. Lower density snow towards the surface and higher density with depth. Regular ski pole probes revealed how wide spread, yet solid the melt/freeze crust, which last weeks buried surface hoar is resting on is. Faceted moist facets at the base of snow pack