Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain- Road Obs

Route & General Observations

Quick trip thru Turnagain Pass after last nights intense weather yielded some impressive avalanches in some popular ski terrain.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect West
Elevation 2000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Natural wet slab avalanches on Pete's South, Lipps, Magnum and Tincan. See Trip Kenney's observation for a few more photos of Magnum and Tincan.
All avalanches have in common a westerly aspect and similar elevation (~2,000).

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

Creeks from Girdwood to Portage and thru Turnagain Pass are running high. Rain on snow last night and a draining snowpack is providing for some obvious signs of instability.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Some impressive water totals from the Thursday night/ Friday morning storm
Girdwood: ~2" H2O
Bear Valley (Portage, near tunnel): ~6.5" H2O
Whittier: ~4" H2O

Photos & Video
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