Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Lipps / Spokane Creek Headwall

Route & General Observations

Normal uptrack to about 2500’. Nice, loose surface facets below ~1800’. Above that, a mix of soft snow and wind stiffened snow with an intermittent 1” crust layer. Snow conditions were variable between the W face, SW shoulder, and S face, but none of the snow was particularly inspiring. Cut our losses and skied to get a better view of a natural slide at the head of the valley before skiing the nicer faceted snow down low back to the car. 7 F at the parking lot with a strong inversion.

Avalanche Details
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Avalanche Details

Observed a very large persistent slab avalanche at the head of the Spokane creek valley (facing west), along with two smaller but similar slides on similar terrain. Unsure when this slid, likely during the last widespread cycle, but was still very notable due to its size.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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7F at road level at 10am
9F at road level at 12:30pm

Clear skies.
Consistent light wind (~5mph) above 2000’.

Snow surface

Settled powder / surface facets with variable wind effect and 1-2” wind crust in places


No formal tests were completed.

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