Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: North aspect Sunburst

Route & General Observations

We travelled in center ridge meadows for SAR/GAR practice

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect North
Elevation 2500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth2ftWidth 70ft
Vertical Run 1000ft  
Avalanche Details

The photo you see is as close as we got. We think it's likely that this avalanche released naturally overnight due to loading/ crossroading with the West winds. We estimate a 1 to 3 foot crown. The lookers right side of the crown looks like it's been reloaded with wind blown snow. Bed surface is unknown.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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15 degrees F, calm, and few clouds today. Blowing snow with W and SW winds on ridge lines.

Snow surface

new snow. 20 cm ski pen. 45 cm boot pen.


surface - 30cm: fist+ hard new snow
30 - 52cm: 4F hard
52 cm: 1F + New Year's crust with thin layer of facets below
53-100: 1F hard

CTH30 SC at 52cm, failed on top of New Years crust. ECTX

W aspect 1200' meadows near center ridge parking

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