Observation: Turnagain

Location: Cornbiscuit

Route & General Observations

Skinned up to 2400′ on Cornbiscuit SW shoulder. Turned around due to increasing wind and decreasing visibility. Soft windslabs were slowly forming. Small natural avalanche activity observed around 1800′.

Wind loaded new snow 2″ thick, 4F or less hardness, failed on yesterdays snow surface (fist hard stellars capped with 3-6 mm surface hoar).

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)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

.5" of new snow at parking lot by 3:30 pm. 1-2" of new snow at 2400'. Wind overall light-mod on west aspect of cornbiscuit, with occasional strong gusts, coming both from south and north.

Snow surface

Soft windslabs (2-4") forming during the day.


No formal tests conducted.