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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

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Route & General Observations

Took standard Eddies uptrack to top of treeline and skied a few laps on the mellower terrain. Several groups were out enjoying the new snow and sunny skies.

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

Snow was begninning to move with the southerly winds and loading northerly mid-elevation slopes. A small (D1) wind slab was observed on a northerly facing rollover and I had a few shooting cracks near roll overs, all from wind effected snow over the new snow surface. Also noticed a potentially large natural cornice collapse off the ridge to the north that likely occurred between laps (see photo).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

About 20 degrees at the road with calm conditions and partly cloudy skies. Winds really ramped up once we popped out of the trees and near the top of the treeline. Turnagain Pass was getting its typical 'reach-around' southerly winds at mid-elevations while northwesterly winds aloft were plumming snow off the tops of the high peaks.

Snow surface

A+ conditions where wind hadn't effected the snow yet. Thin wind skin developing near top of treeline but wasn't too bad yet when we were there.

Photos & Video
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