Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass, AGC Rec Level 1 avalanche course weekend summary

Route & General Observations

Tincan, Sunburst, Taylor Pass, Magnum
Summary of observations from Saturday and Sunday during the Alaska Guide Collective Rec Level 1 avalanche course.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 24inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 200ft  
Avalanche Details

Observed an avalanche that happened Sunday mid-day to early afternoon on Magnum's west aspect at about 3,000 feet elevation. Unknown trigger and weak layer but likely was a skier trigger on the Solstice surface hoar/ near surface facets. Large enough to bury a person. Instructor did a beacon search of the debris with no signal or clues found.

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

Avalanche on Magnum's west upper face.
No Whumpfing or Shooting cracks observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cold temperatures, near zero degrees, slight inversion. Calm wind.

Snow surface

Ski pen of 20+ cm.
Small 2-3mm surface hoar forming, mainly at road to treeline elevation.
Wind effected snow surface at Taylor Pass, 5-10cm wind crust.


Several snowpits dug throughout the weekend near treeline elevation.
About half of the results were ECTN or ECTX and half were ECTP25 down 50-65cm on Solstice surface hoar.