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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1519324051February 22, 2018 6:27pmTurnagain - Magnum NW shoulderWe skinned up the the West facing meadows below Magnum to the NW ridge at 2750'. No obvious signs of instability were observed. Dug in several locations to look at the reactivity of facet on top of th …
1519048800February 19, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - EddiesAscended to 2500' on Eddies. We found propagation potential in snow pits on two different weak layers. Also found wind affected snow above 1500' forming a few inch thick wind crust beneath the 1" of n …
1519048800February 19, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Center Ridge / Tincan Trees / SunburstGroups toured out Center Ridge, the north part of Tincan trees, and Sunburst. Groups on Center Ridge and Tincan dug pits, and noted the presence of two layers of buried surface hoar. Stability tests s …
1519045200February 19, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - PastoralToured up to Taylor Pass around 9;30 a.m. Monday 2/19. Once at the pass clouds obscured views and routes from 11 a.m. until around 1 p.m. Once we could see some of the route, we skinned towards pastor …
1518973200February 18, 2018 5:00pmTurnagain - Eddie'sTook standard uptrack through trees to what I believe is the main skiing area. We did not see any signs of instability and there was very little, if any, wind-affected snow where we skied.
1518966000February 18, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan / SunburstGroups toured up Tincan standard uptrack to 2050', through the Tincan trees to 1100', and up Sunburst to 2000'. Was able to locate the January 21 buried surface hoar and facets, and got propagation in …
1518906000February 17, 2018 10:20pmTurnagain - Seattle CreekSkied various aspects and elevations in the Main Bowl zone. Lots of good snow (and ptarmigan) once back a bit from Seattle Ridge proper. While skinning back up experienced widespread and repeated coll …
1518883200February 17, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass motorized lot and Seattle RidgeQuick ride up to Seattle Ridge weather station (maintenance mission) after our last outreach event for the season - thanks to all who attended today's avalanche rescue workshop!
1518874200February 17, 2018 1:30pmTurnagain - Tincan treesHeaded up main skin track and headed left onto the trees. Did a snow test at 1873'
1518703200February 15, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan, off the skin track below common bowlBeautiful sunny day on Tincan. Took normal skin track up. Light winds, -7 C air temp. Began noticing variable wind crusts and wind affected snow nearing the top of the trees. Above tree line, wind eve …
1518696000February 15, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge / Main Bowl / Repeat OffenderToured to 2800', looked over into Main Bowl and Zero Bowl. Descended Repeat Offender.
1518534000February 13, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - TincanAscended to 2660' veering slightly South off the standard uptrack and descended the trees. The most significant wind affect I have seen all year in Turnagain.
1518452520February 12, 2018 4:22pmTurnagain - SunburstQuick tour up Sunburst to around 2,700'.
1518389520February 11, 2018 10:52pmTurnagain - Cornbiscuit Chute #4YesI triggered a small windslab avalanche (20' X 20' X 1') upon hopping into the 4th Cornbiscuit chute today. It broke above me at the top of the convexity and I was able to dive thru the moving debris a …
1518274800February 10, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Super BowlToured to Basketball via Taylor Creek to encounter lots of wind affected snow in Taylor Pass & strong wind gusts, maybe 30-40mph. Dropped into Gold Pan to discover more hard, wind affected snow. T …
1518272400February 10, 2018 2:20pmTurnagain - SunburstWe toured up standard up-track to 1920' adjacent to the creek to dig a snow pit.
1518220800February 10, 2018 12:00Turnagain - EddiesWas planning on skiing Magnum, but after seeing wind scouring on Southern end of Seattle Ridge, and to a lesser extent on the north faces of sunburst and magnum, decided to go to Eddies, which seemed …
1518103800February 8, 2018 3:30pmTurnagain - Magnum NE chuteWe toured up on the Sunburst side of Taylor Creek, crossed the creek at the bench and travelled up the skin-track on the NW face of Magnum and back to a NE chute at 2800'.
1518091200February 8, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - SunburstToured from the Sunburst parking lot up the main track to 3200'. It was -2F at the parking lot, but roughly 25 at 3000'.
1518030360February 7, 2018 7:06pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge HeadwallSeattle creek drainage and headwall zone.
1518012000February 7, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Road ObsTook some photos on our way out of the pass once we emerged from the low valley fog at Tincan. Notable wind affect on the Northern end of the pass (Eddies and North)
1518004800February 7, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - SunburstAscended to 2930' on Sunburst via the standard uptrack and skied the west ridge down.
1517935680February 6, 2018 4:48pmTurnagain - TincanToured to 2500' to inventory surface conditions, see how well the new snow was bonding to the old snow surface, and search for wind slabs. Also got in some good companion rescue practice.
1517754000February 4, 2018 2:20pmTurnagain - PastoralStandard  
1517745600February 4, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - Superbowl / Gold PanAscended from Cornbiscuit lot, up Superbowl, skied several laps in Gold Pan, and skied out Bertha Creek
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