Observation: Turnagain

Location: United States

Route & General Observations

Headed up Tin Can and dug a test pit a few hundred yards north of the main skin track, on a 30 degree
slope just below the last layer of the trees. The attached chart shows our findings. On the way up,
unsupported micro test slopes showed signs of instability when crossed on skis, breaking and sliding to
the ground or to the buried layer of surface hoar, though never propagating more than two feet to the
front or back of our skis. We couldn’t get reactions from supported test slopes – even when jumping – but
never came across one that exceeded 30 degrees. Visibility was poor, but no signs of new avalanche
activity discovered underfoot, or seen in the rollovers below treeline. Finally, the new snow is wet.

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