Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Common Bowl

Route & General Observations

Standard route up tincan after the most recent storm cycle to see what sowpack was like.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 3100ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 12inWidth 100ft
Vertical Run 125ft  
Avalanche Details

Skier triggered avalanche on the Kitchen Wall at top of Common Bowl. Skiers had been making runs down the shallower aspects to the left and right earlier with no problem. Appears slope went due to moving to the steeper aspect and possibly things warming up as the day went on. Looks like the slide was the new snow that went on a bed surface of windslab/sun crust.
Skier was caught but managed to get to the edge of the slide and barely buried.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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cloudy with intermittent snow showers. winds were about 5 - 10

Snow surface

1000' 8" very moist new snow
1800' 14" moist powder
2500' 8" - 12" of dense powder that had been wind affected.


Just a few hand pits that didn't show an shears. New snow was too unconsolidated to act as a slab but appeared to be bonded to older snow at least on the aspects looked at.

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