Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

Standard Eddies uptrack. Much more new snow than expected.

Avalanche Details
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Near Miss / Accident Details
Events of the day

There was a skier-triggered avalanche on the steep westerly rollover that often avalanches. I didn't see the avalanche go, but tracks suggest it was triggered by a skier who skied off the slab at the crown without being carried. 2-3 feet deep crown, debris ran across the next bench into a hemlock patch and over the next rollover.

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

New warm snow nearly 2 feet deep, active wind-loading until early afternoon, whumphing while setting the uptrack, avalanche crowns on most steeper west and south aspects, and most concerning, avalanches on smaller, lower-angled slopes down the northwest shoulder that propagated widely on terrain that didn't even look like avalanche terrain. Also a train buried in an avalanche.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Warm, partly cloudy. Windy enough to blow snow on the Ridgeline until early afternoon and then calm.

Snow surface

20-24 inches new snow.