Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

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Route & General Observations

Up standard route on sunburst to first bump

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect SouthwestElevation 2500ft
Slope Angle 35degCrown Depth 8in
Width 100ftVertical Run 1000ft
Avalanche Details

There was a bit of wind loading on Suburst ridge and the very top portions of runs to southwest. On ski descent down from the first bump, I broke off a 6" to 12" soft slab sluff. I stopped, the moving snow widened to about 100 feet and descended most the length of the slope. The moving snow was the 6" that fell yesterday. It ran on top of the 10 inches of snow that fell earlier in the week and there was surface hoar on the bed layer. It never stepped down to deeper snow and it never developed a significant debris pile. But it was troubling that it broke off so easy and ran for so long. Another party had a similar experience higher up on the ridge.

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Observer Comments

Wind loading on ridge

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Overcast