Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

Eddies to 2200′ (top of treeline)

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northeast
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth 24inWidth 50ft
Vertical Run 70ft  
Avalanche Details

Spoke to a party that remote triggered (from ~50' away) a small but deep avalanche near Eddies treeline, and then went to take a peek - photos and crown profile are below. The avalanche failed on 1mm fist+ hardness facets sitting on top of the thick Thanksgiving Crust. The location showed signs of wind affect from the past week, with the crown varying in depth from 1-3'. The terrain feature was small and fairly steep, with blocks running on a 38+ degree slope. Cracking occurred above the crown, in places where the slope angle was in the mid-30s.

On a SE aspect, I also managed to trigger a small wind pocket (15'x15') that was 6" deep, and a thin recent wind slab was also touchy/easy to kick off at the site of this deeper small avalanche.

No other avalanche activity observed, though obscured skies and light snow limited visibility.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

On top of avalanches, I had a deep sounding whumph on a steep SE aspect rollover near treeline (2200'), and shooting cracks in some wind loaded features (also near treeline).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Obscured skies, temps around 20, and light snow (no more than 1cm/hour) throughout the day.
Generally light variable winds, with some steady light winds at 2200' from the north or east.
1-2" of accumulation from 10:30 - 3:30.

Snow surface

Soft new snow, with ski penetration of 6-8" in areas that haven't experienced wind in the last week! At the parking lot (400') 10-12" of soft snow sits on the Thanksgiving Crust. This increases to ~24" by 1100', with 24-30" of soft snow found over the crust in wind protected areas to treeline.
Even a thin dusting of new snow could be found on wind scoured surfaces along the uptrack ridgeline.


See below for pit/snow structure at treeline.

Photos & Video
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