Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Common Bowl and Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Normal Tincan uptrack, Common Bowl, Tincan Trees

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Small shooting cracks (a couple ski lengths). No whumphs.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken skies, calm to light variable winds. Temp just below freezing along whole route. -0.5C at Tincan pulloff at ~10a.

Snow surface

Soft settled powder. Good riding.


Previous observations from 11/11 and 11/9 held mostly true today, with just a little fresh snow on top. Observed some cracking, especially around treeline, but no whumphing.

1 pit at 2500ft in a shallower spot (48cm HS) had ECTP19, propagating cleanly (SP) in the facets below the melt-freeze crust. Many yellow flags present in the snowpack.

Tincan parking lot on a cloudy Friday was nearly full midday.