Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Road obs thru Turnagain Pass.

Route & General Observations

Road obs this afternoon through Turnagain Pass. Glassing slopes visible from the Seward hwy w/ binos in hand.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Cornice FallAspect South Southwest
Elevation 3300ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidth 150ft
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Large cornice failure on the SW ridge of Magnum. Did not appear to trigger a slab below. Cornice appears to have failed naturally sometime before 2:30pm today.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Mid-elevation, sun-induced roller balls. One small wet avalanche debris pile in steep, channeled terrain on the E face of Seattle ridge. Shallow, skier-triggered wind slab pocket on the steepest pitch of Tincan Common bowl.

As the sun appears, it is beginning to be a player in the backcountry.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy in the morning becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Temps at sea level were 39 degrees at 2PM. 36 degrees at the highway (1,000').

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