Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Nice. No red flags. Good skiing at and below treeline. Alpine is heavily wind effected. New snow, apprx 7″ @ 1000′, 10″ above 1400″. Heaviest w/ light crust @ 1000′, quickly gives way to dry, unconsolidated snow.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No red flags today. Planned to stay in trees given new snow. The plan was confirmed when we saw how wind effected and unappetizing Tincan Common looked from below. I'm sure there were some soft pockets, but did not look like great skiing overall. Could not tell if some texture in skiers right of Tincan Common Bowl was due to a small avalanche, or heavily wind effected snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Nice. Little to no wind. A few degrees below freezing. Clear at start, more cloud cover throughout the day.

Snow surface

New snow, apprx 7" @ 1000', 10" above 1400". Heaviest w/ light crust @ 1000', quickly gives way to dry, unconsolidated snow. At apprx 1800' snow becomes slightly denser and more wind effected outside of protected areas. Really nice skiing at and below treeline.


A couple hasty hand pits around 1800' showed weakness at the new-old snow interface, apprx 10" down.