Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Hippie Bowl & North bowl(Todd's)

Route & General Observations

standard route, sunny ,calm, supportable btm to top, SH to ridge crest, new snow (~20cm). glides, some small loose snow slides, isolated new snow SS avalanches (SW, W, N). crust w/ facets (2mm) underneath moist approx. 40-50% depth of snowpack

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North
Elevation 3600ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 12inWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

observe recent soft slab avalanche approx. 100-125" below ridge in Todd's from up route. appeared to be natural, new snow somewhat difficult to estimate depth (20-30cm?). Ran ~800' and did not step down

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

a few signs of instability; small loose new snow on steep slopes generally below rocks, including one which triggered a soft slab on a steep SSW aspect just W of Tincan Proper. However, multiple slope tests and hand shears showed good bonding of all layers including the crust/facet layer at 45cm in a HS of 115cm on NW thru W aspects

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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new snow, quite calm, mid 20*F

Snow surface

pow, sun crust SE -WSW


informal slope test and hand & shovel shears
2mm facets below crust in mid-pack seem to be healing up, SH to ridge crest for future reference

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