Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

Standard Eddies uptrack. Wind SSW at 10-25 knots. Snowing 0.5” / hr.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South Southwest
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown Depth 12inWidth 40ft
Vertical Run 50ft  
Avalanche Details

While taking a look at the entrance to the west run above the rib, I triggered a small soft slab in tender wind deposited snow. I thought I might, but the size surprised me. A large shooting crack split from my skis and triggered the slab, which stopped at the dish below.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Wind SSW at 10-25 knots. Snowing 0.5” / hr. Temps right below freezing.