Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Standard SW route to 2600′

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

Some cracking under skis in isolated pockets of drifted snow

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny
No precip
Winds light and variable

Snow surface

1000'-1500' - surface hoar 1-2cm near road level gradually getting smaller with elevation and very small or absent near 1500'
1600'-2000' - 1-2" of loose faceted snow in sheltered areas
2000'-2600' - Variable surfaces ranging from pockets of wind drifted snow to sastrugi to melt/freeze crust


1000-1500' - 3-4" of settled snow that is faceting out on the ground with surface hoar on top
1600' -2000' - 1" melt/freeze crust on the ground gradually getting thicker with elevation. Height of snow ranged from 3" to 6" near 2000'.
2000' - 2600' - Melt/freeze crust found on ground everywhere and averaged 3-5" thick and appeared to be well bonded to the ground. Heights of snow ranged from 3" - 18" and was highly variable from exposed m/f crust to sastrugi to isolated pockets 5" windslabs sitting on facets. See photo diagram as an example.

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