Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Ascended lower Sunburst skin track near Taylor Creek. Poor visibility with obscuring cloud cover; didn’t see the ridge. Steepest skin track up <35 degrees.

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


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light snow (<1cm accumulation over 5 hours), very little wind, temps in mid 20s.

Snow surface

10cm new snow on top of melt-freeze crust from Feb 14 storm.


CTV at 1200'down 40cm on intact surface hoar 3.5mm. Multiple crust layers present within storm slab up to 1400'. Deeper crust disappeared ~1600'. Pit at 1900' on W aspect had 10cm new snow over 1cm melt-freeze crust, 135cm 1F-P RG slab over 20cm basal facets (facets were rounding); no evidence of buried surface hoar layer at this location.