Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies skintrack

Route & General Observations

We skinned the normal early-season route through about 4-5″ of fresh new snow. Windy in the parking lot, and sporadic wind knocking snow off trees through lower skintrack. First main meadow out of the trees had a soft windslab forming that was easy to break trail through and ski down through.

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

At the first and main steep roll there was an obvious wind-loaded pillow on the knoll with the skintrack to the lookers left. I tapped a ski tip into it out of curiosity and a big crack shot up above me roughly 15-20' above me and maybe 10' across in the shape of a slab avalanche but didn't slide downhill. I didn't probe around but it seemed to be about a 1-foot thick slab that was the new wind-loaded snow over the old windslab.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

Roughly 5" of new snow, windblown, with a soft windslab in the lower meadow.

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