Observation: Turnagain

Location: tincan

Route & General Observations

Skied some alpine but low vis kept us mostly in the trees. New snow was fairly consistent from hippy bowl through trees. Didn’t notice any wind effect.

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

Surface snow became more reactive as daily storm totals increased. Shooting cracks on a old wind feature. Was able to get the snow to sluff. New snow sluffed on a 38 degree roll over lower in the trees. Not much movement on lower angle slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowed most of the day, maybe 4-5" from 9 - 3. Not much wind, temps in the 20's.

Snow surface

Light new snow wasn't immediately bonding to the old snow.


Pit at 3,300'. SW aspect, pit was 95cm deep and dug to ground. Some facets about 5cm above ground sitting on a pencil hard crust. Other than that it was right side up. CT25H about 20cm below surface, ECTX.