Observation: Turnagain

Location: Magnum bowl and west face

Route & General Observations

Skied south and west facing aspects of Magnum; chutes, main bowl, and west face above road. Very cold. Light ridgetop winds. In and out clouds below 1800′. Variable snow above approx 2000′ depending on aspect & wind exposure.

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

Shooting cracks in some localized areas of stout windslab. Varying from short to 4 ft long.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cold, +5f to +10f. Light ridgetop winds, gusting at times causing transport. In and out clouds below 1800'.

Snow surface

-2-4" light snow on stout crust below 1400'.
-1400'-2000', nice soft right side up snow, approx 15cm ski penetration.
-2000'+ variable snow; sometimes soft 15cm ski penetration, sometimes very hard & hollow wind slab. West aspects seemed to hold softer snow, exposed south aspects and ridge tops were more windslab.

-surface hoar and rhime on most surfaces and most elevations

-the glide crack above the Magnum uptrack has not released as of 3pm on 12/28/23. Hard to tell from above if expanded or not.


-15 people enjoyed Magnum today, no issues observed.

-most of the Magnum west face from the lower bench & down avalanched in the recent storm. From approx 2500' to 1700'.

-counted approx 20 glide cracks on Seattle Ridge.