Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Tour up to the Tincan Ridge (to 3,300′), common approach.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type GlideAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth4ftWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Countless glide cracks and avalanches all over Tincan and other terrain around Turnagain Pass. This was seen on every aspect near and below 3,000'. It is hard to find a slope that doesn't have a glide avalanche or a glide crack.
These have been releasing for weeks now, but it seems the past week of warm/wet weather has induced an uptick.

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

Only sign of instability was the glide cracks. Easy to see and avoid being under them.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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In and out fog/low clouds with some sunshine!
Temps near 30F along ridge.
Winds mostly calm, light easterly breeze at times.

Snow surface

Patchy wet snow and ground from parking lot transitioning to breakable rain crust over softer wet snow from 1,500-2,500'. Not fun skiing in this elevation band...
6-8" of nice new dense moist snow above 2,500' to our high point at 3,300'.


Wet snowpack through and through below 2,500'.
Snow depth at 2,500' is around 3'.

We dug a pit at 3,200' between Common and Hippy Bowls, SW facing.
Snow depth at 3,200' between 4-5'.
ECTX - could not find a weakness in the pack. It's quite moist with some melt freeze layers near the base and some wet layers near the surface.

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