Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Magnum, west face

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack following Taylor creek from the Sunburst parking lot.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect WestElevation 3300ft
Slope Angle 46degCrown Depth2ft
Width 100ftVertical Run 500ft
Avalanche Details

Magnum, west aspect, 3300' at crown
This was an investigation into a skier triggered avalanche reported the previous day which you can read about in 1/5 observations.
HS 200cm
The crown and flanks varied from 40-130cm in depth.
It appeared the fracture plane was a layer of 0.5-3mm advanced facets sitting atop a crust. We suspect this crust was from the Dec. 9th warm rain event. The bed surface was pencil hard.

Check out the original report from the party involved in the observations section 1/5.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny with valley fog over the Seward highway near Turnagain pass
-4°F to -12°F

Snow surface

Surface hoar from parking lot to 3500'

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