Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Silvertip

Route & General Observations

AAI Pro 2 course toured up to 2400 on the east ridge of the Silvertip drainage (common route up to Silvertip trees).

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Forecaster Comments

A big thank you to the AAI/AAS Pro 2 course for all their valuable information!

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Natural soft slab observed in the back of silvertip creek. Size unknown, observed from a distance in poor light. Likely R3-D2/3.

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

Shooting cracks, recent avalanches, and propagating pit results were observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps- low to mid 20's
Skies- clear in the morning, broken by afternoon
Winds- calm

Snow surface

Rain crust up to 1800'
15-30 cm. new snow 1800-2400


At 2100 feet the 1/21 (MLK) buried surface hoar was found under 30 cm's of new snow. This layer was very reactive in pits. Results on this layer were:
PST40/100 END
PST20/100 END

Down 80 cm's another layer of BSH was found, likely the 12/25 layer. This layer also produced propagating results in tests:
PST70/100 END

Higher at 2400 both layers were observed however did NOT propagate in tests.

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