Observation: Turnagain

Location: Silvertip

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the old mining road next to silvertip creek.  Gained the NE ridge. Skinned sastrugi and epic windboard until 4500’. Booted the remainding 500’ of corniced ridge to the summit.  Skied right off the summit all the way back to the car.

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

Small loose wet slides initiating off rocks on southwest facing slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temperature in low 20’s, clear skies, wind out of the North, 10-20mph

Snow surface

Ridge lines are dense sastrugi or bare ground below 4500’. Above 4500’ turning to windboard with cornicing. Melt-freeze crust beginning to develop on south aspects.


SE to E slopes are dense windboard, 25cm thick over deep facets. No formal stability tests conducted.

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