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 SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect South SouthwestElevation 2200ft
Slope Angle 30degCrown Depth 12in
Width 40ftVertical 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.