Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Pastoral

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack, skinned from the car.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthElevation 4700ft
Slope Angle 45degCrown Depth 6in
Width 30ftVertical Run 900ft
Avalanche Details

Intentional, ski cut triggered wind slab on a slope convexity. Crown ranged from 3"-8" and ran ~800-900ft downslope.

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

Wind scouring, cross loaded slopes and gullies.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Gusts up to 30mph the night before, wind was minimal all day, ~5mph

Snow surface

Snow surface ranged from breakable wind crust to puddles of grandma skin. Scoured on windward aspects (E winds) and significant deposition lee, cross slope.


No snow pits dug.

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