Observation: Turnagain

Location: Center Ridge Area

Route & General Observations

For companion rescue day our class spread out onto the flats around Center Ridge parking area.

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

Two different groups experienced whumpfing with 3 total whumpfs. Experienced cracking around skis.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy, calm, no precipitation, temperature in the upper teens to lower twenties.

Snow surface

Deep, fluffy, light density powder.


Two feet of snow now sit on top of the decomposing and faceting melt freeze crust near the road. Ski penetration was knee deep. Boot penetration ranged from hip to armpit deep. In many areas it was easy to plunge through the melt freeze crust sinking in up to your armpits.

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