Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Standard Sunburst uptrack, skied the front (west) side.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

There was a recent avalanche in one of the north chute of Magnum, furthest to the west. The crown was maybe 2' x 100'? Debris ran to the creek.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Squally. There was little wind until about 1:00PM when it began blowing S, 15-20. Lots of snow was being transported. The skin track was filling in between parties.

Snow surface

6"-8" of soft snow on increasingly firmer snow. Wind slabs forming in the afternoon.


We dug a pit on the south face of Sunburst, just below the knoll where you stop to ski the front (west) side, at an elevation of
Slope angle was 21 degrees.
Height of snow - 155cm.
12/23 BSH was clearly visible at 45cm, as a ~5mm layer.
Snow was right side up for the first 65cm, but transitioned to sugary, faceted snow blow that.
ECTP 17, down 45cm (surface hoar)
PST 45/100 END, down 65cm on surface hoar.