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Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Pastoral

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Route & General Observations

Skinned up Taylor Creek valley to Taylor Pass and then across to the base of Pastoral. Kept thinking things were going to go blue, but it stayed flat. Ski cut a low angle slope under Pastoral and let loose a 6-10″ soft slab avalanche. Some shooting cracks seen on the skin over Taylor Pass, but no whumpfing. Glide crack seen on Sunburst ridge closer to Taylor Pass. There’s a track set to the base of Pastoral, go ski it.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect North NorthwestElevation 3600ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 6in
Width 30ftVertical Run 30ft
Avalanche Details

Triggered via ski cut. Soft slab, slow moving.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Some suckers holes on the Turnagain side of the Taylor Pass, but Pastoral never escaped the flat light.

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