Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Eddie's Trees

Route & General Observations

Started at parking lot around 9:45 with a light N wind, S-1.
Skinned up standard track to 2300.
1st lap we planned to ski towards the NW bench with trees. The low angle wasn’t really great for the low-density snow.
Triggered a slide and found some shooting cracks.
By 11:40 winds from the North started to pick up above 1800′ ASL.
2nd & 3rd stayed on the trees around the track. Low-density snow, slightly steeper runs.
3rd runs, winds came warmer and the snow started to show affectation by the wind.
By !5:30 the exit to the parking lot was damped. Temp at the car was 36 F.
The skiing was great. Bumpy and Deep.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West Northwest
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angle 37deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 90ft
Vertical Run 125ft  
Avalanche Details

Skier 1 and Skier 2 transition at 2300. At around 2200, a steeper rollover was analyzed for potential release and planned accordingly.
Skier 1 went slightly left and went to a safe spot. Skier 2 got into the rollover with some speed and on the 2nd turn noticed a shooting crack and continued to skiers left to a high bench. The slope behind propagated towards the N of the ridge, releasing the N / NW aspect of the newer snow.


*Photos might not be clear.

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

Shooting cracks were observed on storm snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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New Snow.
Winds increased during the day.
Temperatures raised as well.
Obscured sky most of the day.

Snow surface

New Snow most of the runs.
Winds started to affect at 2200' ASL after 1130.


No snowpit test performed.
A couple of pole/hand tests were performed during skinning time.
A small avalanche was released during the 1st ski run.

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