Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Bertha Creek Campground

Route & General Observations

Cornbiscuit parking lot to Bertha Creek Campground area to conduct rescue drills and snowpit tests.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect East Southeast
Elevation 2000ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 100ft
Vertical Run 500ft  
Avalanche Details


Observed a couple small wind slab pockets on motorized side above Bertha Cr. Campground.

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

2 small avalanches noted above.
Very localized cracking at the storm snow interface (about 55cm deep).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing 1cm+/ hr til noon. Clearing skies after noon on the South side of Turnagain Pass. Winds were light at road elevation. Noticed some moderate flagging on Seattle ridge from East winds. 28*F in morning. 32*F at 5pm.

Snow surface

New snow was ~55cm deep. Heavy, moisture-laden new snow made for deep trenching with snowmachines. SUper fun riding, DEEP!


HS= 120cm
HNS= 55cm
ECTP4, 8, 16

All column tests were failing about 75cm down on a layer of facets/ buried surface hoar over a thin crust.
Cory did a couple snowmachine slope cut tests with no results.

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