Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Toured up to sunburst ridge, to first main bench lots of obvious wind effect but surprisingly no red flags other than recent avalanche activity possibly from the day before. Looked like there was recent avalanche activity on the north face of magnum towards Taylor pass and hippy bowl on Tincan, snow felt upside down and hollow but did not form a cohesive slab on steeper terrain that was more protected.

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

Recent avalanches on hippy bowl and back north pace of magnum.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, sunny, calm, glorious. I have a sunburn.

Snow surface

Slight wind crust > glory blower powder > wind crust with avy debris from NYE storm cycle. Followed by protected tracked glory powder. Less sluff that anticipated.


Bomber crust with facets then upsidedown storm snow from thursday night. Felt fairly hollow but did not produce whooping or shooting cracks.