Observation: Turnagain

Location: Center Ridge - 1100', below treeline

Route & General Observations

Level 2 Class – did field tests across the highway from the motorized lot at 1100′ elevation.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Heavy rain to at least 1100' all afternoon.

Snow surface

At 1100', 60 cm of new storm snow sitting on top of a melt-freeze crust.


Collapsing under our skis. Upside down storm snow. Hand pits showed new storm snow failing in isolation. CT-2 test showed failures where the moist top layer changed to drier snow underneath. RB -6 MB at old snow/new snow interface.