The biggest problems we’ve had recently are related to people traveling in steep terrain – but not from an unstable snowpack. We’ve had 2 helicopter rescues recently. The first one was a traumatic fall, read their account HERE. The second happened yesterday when a group had problems descending Wolverine peak. They called for help, spent the night out on the mountain, and got picked up by an Air National Guard helicopter yesterday morning. This is a good reminder to be prepared for all the mountain hazards. Sometimes crampons, ice axe, a rope and the mountaineering training to use them are warranted in our bigger mountain terrain.
Stability problems to look out for today:
Overhanging cornice features are unlikely to fall spontaneously, unless the temperatures really ramp up today. They may fail if you add some weight and stress by walking/skiing/riding over them. The first rule of cornices is to give them space.
Wet Loose avalanches:
We have yet to see much of this type of activity, but it is coming with longer and warmer days. Keep it in mind on south facing aspects late in the day.
Old Wind Slabs:
Stiff snow is likely to be bonded well to the layers underneath. However, be prepared for small plates to break off in steep terrain. This isn’t really a burial hazard, but rather a “knock you off your feet” kind of hazard, which could be dangerous in high consequence terrain.
It’s been more than a week and a half since the last snow storm.
Look for mostly sunny skies again today. Wind has been negligible the last several days, and will continue that way. Temperatures are going through the standard early spring diurnal fluctuations – cold at night and warm during the day. Daytime temperatures are reaching the high 30s.
The longterm weather outlook looks like more of the same. Party sunny to mostly sunny skies can be expected until we get a major pattern change.
|05/28/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Turnagain Pass – late May wet slab cycle||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/21/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Magnum, Lipps and Tincan||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/17/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Sunburst||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/17/22||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan Ridge||Joe Kurtak|
|05/11/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Cornbiscuit and Magnum west faces||CNFAIC Staff Forecaster|
|05/07/22||Turnagain||Observation: Granddaddy||Kit Barton|
|04/29/22||Turnagain||Observation: Sunburst wx station||AS/ MM/ AM/ NH|
|04/28/22||Turnagain||Observation: More Turnagain Pass/Summit Lake wet slab activity||Alex Marienthal|
|04/27/22||Turnagain||Observation: Magnum||Sykes / Buttrick Forecaster|
|04/27/22||Turnagain||Observation: Girdwood/Summit/Turnagain Road obs||A S|
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This is a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Turnagain Arm with Turnagain Pass as the core advisory area. This advisory does not apply to highways, railroads or operating ski areas.