Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Pastoral

Route & General Observations

Skied 2 north facing runs in the center Pastoral Chute, into the north facing drainage below Pastoral, then southwest aspect of Sunburst. Pastoral chute had variable soft wind slabs near the top under the peak, then gave way to 20cm ski-pen powder; slightly dense and consolidated. The run into that north facing drainage felt less slabby, with much less wind effect. Sunburst south face surface was light powder for the first 8 ish turns, then became heavier & moist as we dropped to the bottom – definitely will be crusty in the morning. Snow below the alderline was mostly light pow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northeast
Elevation 4400ftSlope Angle 45deg
Crown Depth 7inWidth 40ft
Vertical Run 250ft  
Avalanche Details

Finishing a ski cut at top of center Pastoral chute, and remote triggered a fresh soft windslab in/around the rocks of those shale-ridge features. Maybe enough to unbalance someone. It came to a stop before it flattens out.

Looked like the previous party turned back 1 chute earlier, after a 20x10 ft wind slab slid for 10ft off the skin track.

No other red flags with 15 skier-runs on that slope or others in drainage below or Sunburst.

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