Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Standard route to 3200′. Overall freeze was more significant than expected. Melt-freeze crust was supportable to around 2500′. Clouds in the am and light winds helped surfaces stay cooler than forecast. Alpine temps also stayed cooler than forecast. Cornices are the largest they have been all season… Other observers in the area reported small wet loose activity on steep solar aspects late in the afternoon in the Alpine

No new wet slab or deep slab avalanche activity observed. A couple new glide avalanches observed that may have been from Sunday or early Monday.

Of note: During road obs back to Girdwood there was a very deep crown from the avalanche cycle observed on peak just north of Boggs Peak. (See image)



Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Avalanches from the wet slab and glide cycle of the past few days

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly sunny with some high overcast
Light SE winds
Temps in the 30Fs at 1000', 20Fs in the Alpine

Snow surface

Supportable melt-freeze crust to 1500' at 11:00 am. Underneath crust boot pen to knee. Soft saturated snow at 4:30 pm no crust. Boot pen to thigh
Supportable melt-freeze crust with a trace of snow to 2000', punchy crust at 4:30 on anything with a slight southerly tilt, distinct runnels to 2500'. Roller balls across slope
Supportable melt-freezeCrust with a couple of cms of new snow to 2700' softening on southerly slopes at 4:00 pm
Breakable melt-freeze crust with 1-2" of new snow to 2900', new snow starting to get moist on southerly tilted steeper slopes
2900'-3200' 1-2" of new snow on dense snow, new starting to get moist on southerly tilted steeper slopes. Large roller balls from storm across upper slope. New small roller balls from skis on descent.
See crust images.


HS: 900', 90 cc very moist snow below crust
HS: 1500', 100 cm very moist snow below crust
HS: 2000', 130 cm moist snow below crust
Snowpits: Dug down just over 1 M in both
HS: 2700', 160 cm to deeper than 280 cm probe (See pit image) HS @ pit: 190 cm March 8th interface 80 cm down. MLK bsh 100cm down, DT 23 SC, STM. Layers of very moist to moist snow between crusts, water percolation evident in upper snowpack
HS: 3100': 190 cm to deeper than 280 cm probe (See pit image) HS @ pit: 305 cm March 8th interface 100 cm down (no test results), very moist snow 30 cm down from surface under most recent snow.

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