Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

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Route & General Observations

Great day out at Eddies! Light snow most the day. Winds coming from the NE. About 3” – 6” of new on a thick crust at lower elevations. Starting near 1300ft, snow turned into blower pow that was 1ft+

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthwestElevation 2100ft
Slope Angle 35degCrown Depth 16in
Width 300ftVertical Run 400ft
Avalanche Details

I wasn’t able to see the slide from angle. Plan was to ride the open field along the bowl to another low angle aspect. While watching skier 1 from above, they made a turn near the convex of the bowl and immediately stopped.

Slide was triggered just below skiers turn on a 25 degree/ rolling slope. Slab propagated up around the bowl for 80ft, and continued down slope around a bend for another 200ft plus -see photos. Crown was around 16”. Slide easily ran over 400ft. As we continued down along the crown boarder, we found it easy to break away more slabs. Everyone in our party was safe and continued to ride a couple more laps.

Thought was slab broke on the recent surface hoar layer that was then buried and wind loaded from Wednesday night to Friday morning's snow.

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