Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

We followed the normal Tincan uptrack to 2200′ and skied down the western part of the normal/northern Tincan ski slope.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect West
Elevation 2000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 8inWidth 30ft
Vertical Run 20ft  
Avalanche Details

I trigged a small storm slab on the leeward side of a small convex feature. It was pretty shallow and didn't run very far. It broke just behind me and I skied back on top of the convexity. No one was buried or carried by the slide.

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

We didn't observe any other slides. We did see a few small shootings cracks along our skin track, the largest was about 2'. The cracks were all higher on the skin track in areas where it was windier.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing pretty hard, maybe 1.5" / hour. Blowing 15+ mph from Hamburger Hill up to our high point of 2200'.

Snow surface

6" or so of new snow all over when we left, around 12:30. The snow was a bit wind affected in areas not protected by trees.