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Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Facets

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

Touring up toward 4940 from the Cornbiscut parking, started punching out wind slabs so stayed in the less wind affected areas doing laps on the Facets runs.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect South SoutheastElevation 2100ft
Slope Angle 36degCrown Depth 10in
Width 40ftVertical Run 40ft
Avalanche Details

Touchy windslabs in isolated leeward pockets. Slabs were generally 3-4” deep but up to 10” in places. We couldn’t get out on them, as soon as we touched them they were propagating and releasing. Sitting on the SH and NSF. We turned back and stayed low assuming that the larger bowls up high probably had potential for bigger slabs.

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

Saw natural D1-2 windslabs that looked recent( last day or so) in leeward areas at approximately 3000’

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear skies, light winds from south, barely enough to transport snow. -14C @ 2385’ at 13:57.

Snow surface

Snow still has some good settled powder skiing from 2300’ to the raincrust at 1300’ but was wind affected.

Snowpack

No formal stability tests. Hand pits popping out on isolation in steeper 30 degree+ slopes

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