Observation: Turnagain

Location: Near tincan proper

Route & General Observations

Was skiing the tincan trees in the afternoon while visibility was bad and then it cleared up and I hiked out to the spine before tincan proper. The wind increased significantly on the ridge after about 4pm, I’m guessing a steady 15mph gusting into the 20s. Dug a pit but didn’t ride.. My skin track was nearly indecipherable on the way back because of the blowing snow.

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Observer Comments

Snowpit block test failed at 19. Likely a wind slab as I was near the ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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A couple inches of dry snow had fallen earlier in the day, the sky cleared up about 3pm, the ridge top winds steadily increased after that. (Maybe?) diurnals from the sun poking out, seemed predominantly off the arm but there was a lot of swirling snow blowing from numerous directions.

Snow surface

Packed (but not really crusted) snow from the last snowfall with the new couple inches of dry powder being blown all around.


Failed at 19 on what appeared to be hoar frost about 10” down. Likely a wind slab as I was near the ridge line on the predominant Lee side of the tincan ridge.

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