Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

We toured up to about 2400′ on Eddie’s and skied a few laps looking for the best snow in the protected areas in the trees. We started noticing the wind around about 1800′, with widespread wind effect from there up. Overall, conditions were better than expected. There was a lot of snow blowing off the ridgelines, but it wasn’t terrible lower down.

We got some shooting cracks and a small pocket to release on a test slope. We didn’t see any natural activity. Hard saying just how reactive wind slabs would have been at higher elevations since we stayed below about 2400′.


Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

A few shooting cracks and one small pocket released with a ski cut.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear all day. Moderate winds above about 1800', which were strongest in the middle of the day. Temperatures seemed a little bit colder in the afternoon.

Snow surface

Variable. Soft snow in protected areas in the trees. Punchy wind slabs anywhere from 1"-1' thick elsewhere. Some slopes higher up were stripped of any fresh snow and the old skin track was sticking up above the rest of the snow surface.


Fresh wind slabs were popping easily with hand pits. We could find some surface hoar grains, but it wasn't widespread. The snow seemed to be bonding fairly well to the most recent crust for now.

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