Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Backdoor

Route & General Observations

Alaska Avalanche School 3 groups for Rec 2, two travelled up to 1500′ on Tincan, 1 to Center Ridge to dig pits and make field observations

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing S-1 with a light breeze and overcast skies

Snow surface

Settled beautiful snow, boot pen: 60 cms and ski pen 35 cms.


In a wind pressed area, was able to get an easy handshear on our most recent buried surface hoar from this week 2/16, already under almost a foot of snow. This same layer produced no notable results in any of our pits. Overall found general strong snowpack with good stability results. 3 different layers of BSH are still able to be found but not reactive. Got an interesting CT2 result under the Xmas crust though I couldn't find any facets that were a cause. On severe overdrive, prying my ECT, I got it to zipper out knocking me over in my pit on that 1/10 BSH. I did the PST on this layer and got a 90/110PST End. The feathers are laying flat, but they are still there.

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