Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Cornbiscuit SW Face

Route & General Observations

Toured standard Cornbiscuit uptrack to first prominence. Skied down the west face, then back up and skied the Southwest face. Significant wind loading and hard slab formation noted on North-facing ridge lines. Wind-affected snow on all aspects, but to a variable extent. Some fluffy wind ruffles, some soft slab, and some shallow hard slab on top of soft snow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect SouthwestElevation 2700ft
Slope Angle 32degCrown Depth 4in
Width 300ftVertical Run 400ft
Avalanche Details

On the second run of the day, the group decided to move from the standard uptrack descent towards the Southwestern/steeper aspects (skiers left). A skier triggered a windslab that extended the length of a convexity. He noted the slab and was able to ski to the side. which fortunately did not break as it was also wind-loaded.

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