Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Standard Tincan uptrack to 2250′

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type0Aspect Northwest
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angle 37deg
Crown Depth 15inWidth 25ft
Vertical Run 60ft  
Avalanche Details

We came upon a skier/rider triggered avalanche, D1, soft/storm slab.

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

Snowing 1+ inches an hr.
Observed a recent skier triggered avalanche and heard a report of a rider triggering a similar pocket of storm slab on a steep roll skinner's left of the skin track near treelike.
Shooting cracks in wind loaded areas at treeline.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Obscured sky
Snowing 1+/inches per hr. = 5 inches of accumulation at the car from 11-3:30!!!
Temps in the high 20's
Moderate ENE Winds

Snow surface

1000'-2250' 12-18" of storm snow!


Dug a pit @ 2200' on a SE aspect. See Photo. Predominately a right side up snowpack.
ECTX, Found the Buried Surface Hoar and Near Surface Facets above the Thanksgiving rain crust. Both were none reactive in tests. Near Surface Facets were rounding and the Buried Surface Hoar was laid over.
Shovel tilt had no results.
Hand pits in wind loaded area produced easy shears.

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