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Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Magnum

Route & General Observations


Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect South SoutheastElevation 3200ft
Slope Angle 37degCrown Depth 9in
Width 40ftVertical Run 250ft
Avalanche Details

Skied off magnum with a buddy. Hand pits on the way up revealed soft slab propagation potential. Chose to regroup before decending into the valley to ski out on one of the little rollovers above the common ski out route. Started to decend and made a ski cut and felt the slope slide under my feet above me, made a fast right jump turn and skied off the slide onto the adjacent slope.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Hand pits showed sliding upon isolation of column, whumphing and collapsing on the skin track, shooting cracks.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Few inches over night, partly cloudy, 10 degrees, light wind at 3500 ft

Snow surface

8-14 inches powder on what felt like a 2 inch crust. Crust was sitting on top of weak facets

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