Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Gold Pan

Route & General Observations

Skied Goldpan, Cornbiscuit, Superbowl, and Magnum. No formal stability tests.

High volume sloughing in steep terrain – big enough to hear the rumble from 500 yards away – definitely big enough to carry or bury a skier.

Triggered a small wind slab avalanche in extremely steep wind loaded terrain at the top of Gold Pan. The slide extent was the wind loaded pocket at the top of the slope, dimensions are described below, big enough to knock someone down.

Glide cracks visibly growing over course of day. Cracks that had been closed by new snow in morning were reopened later in day.

No other signs of instability.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect WestElevation 4000ft
Slope Angle 55degCrown Depth 18in
Width 50ftVertical Run 150ft