Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

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Route & General Observations

Normal uptrack, normal amount of people putting themselves in unnecessarily hazardous avalanche paths. In addition to the point release discussed below, we witnessed three snowboarders drop the same cornice onto a steep slope (solar aspect) and ride down at the same time. Second rider on slope triggered a small slab near the top while the first rider was crashing below him. Slab fortunately did not travel far or threaten the lower rider.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderAvalanche Type Wet Loose Snow
Aspect SoutheastElevation 2000ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

Snowboard triggered wet point release on a solar aspect. Slide was moving fairly slowly but rider was nearly overtaken by the slide when they cut back underneath of it (not knowing they had triggered it!). Slide was small but could have easily knocked the rider off their feet and then covered them with heavy wet snow. Also, snowboarder's buddy was sitting on his snowmachine in the runout zone.

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Observer Comments

Roller balls on all solar aspects around this area.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Sun, calm winds, warm temperatures.

Snow surface

Wet settled powder at lower elevations and solar aspects, dry powder in alpine and shaded aspects.

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