Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge -Glide avalanche near "Uptrack"

Route & General Observations

Skinned up Tincan Commons, route from the parking pull-out.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect Southeast
Elevation 2900ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth3ftWidth 80ft
Vertical Run 1000ft  
Avalanche Details

Glide avalanche released from the upper portion of the slope & ran over an area where a previous glide avalanche had occurred 2 weeks ago. Rapid warmth & the presence of wet loose surface conditions may have contributed to this event. The pocket of slab broke & gathered mass as it slid to the bottom of the slope over 1000' below.

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

Wet loose surface avalanches. Deep ski & boot penetration. Frequent glide avalanches. Cornices shedding

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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+40F with winds 3-5 gusting to 10mph. Mostly sunny

Snow surface

~1" new snow at treeline which was wind battered & sun effected. Below 2400' a deep isothermic snowpack exists with boot penetration +2.5' in areas. Above 2400' a finger hard 1cm thick unsupportable crust exists, just enough to keep you sliding well on top.


Superficial hand pits & surface clues indicate freezing occurred above 2400' & no overnight freezing below that mark. An upside-down ski pole will easily go through the snowpack below treeline. Other than all the visible instabilities there was good snowboarding to be had, although the dog was wallowing & very exhausted.

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