Observation: Turnagain

Location: South Face of Kickstep

Route & General Observations

My ski partner and I toured up sunburst this afternoon using the traditional route. While waiting on the ridge for a break in the clouds. We heard a thunderous boom. My first thought was DOT blasting along the rail belt. Within a few seconds we noticed a powder blast coming off the south face of Kickstep. Based on the south face it could have been a glide crack release. However we speculated a cornice fell onto the rock face.
The photos submitted are pretty m’eh, I know. Kickstep was obscured by cloud cover, and I was slow on the draw to capture the powder blast. The first photo is a close up. The slide occurred just above center ridge where the rocks are most exposed vertically. The second photo is higher res, again Kickstep is mostly obscured by clouds.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light winds on the ridge. Temps in the mid 20's. Partly sunny.

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