Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

We toured up to about 2400′ and skied a couple laps on SW to NW facing slopes. Stability was good, but we did get a small (10-20′ wide, 2-6″ deep) fresh wind slab to release on a steep rollover at about 1800′.

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?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

We got shooting cracks on steep, wind-loaded rollers between 1500' and 2000' on west to southwest aspects. We also got one small pocket of wind slab to release, but it would not have been big enough to bury a gopher.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Rain at the parking lot at 1030 this morning quickly subsided. Skies gradually cleared during the day, but the sun never quite poked through at Eddies. Calm winds up to about 2000', where they picked up to ~15 mph.

Snow surface

About an inch of recent snow on top of a breakable crust up to around 1400'.
6" soft, bouncy snow at the surface 1400'-2000'.
Various wind-scaped snow above 2000'. (See photo)


The most recent snow covered up a layer of surface hoar on top of the 12/28 rain crust, which goes to 1400'. The surface hoar probably goes higher than that, but it got hard to discern once that rain crust disappeared.

Signs pointed to good stability, and we did ski some short steeper slopes. Main concern was fresh wind slabs as noted.

Photos & Video
Please upload photos below. Maximum of 5 megabytes per image. Click here for help on resizing images. If you are having trouble uploading please email images separately to staff.