Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Toured up to the weather station via Taylor Pass to install a new camera. There were an impressive number of tracks throughout the pass, especially on northern aspects. The only recent avalanches we saw were pieces of cornice fall and glide avalanches.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type GlideAspect Southwest
Elevation 2400ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Run 1500ft  
Avalanche Details

Natural glide release along Seattle Ridge between 12pm and 5pm. I took an earlier photo of the avalanches on the lookers left and then saw the fresh debris as we were driving back.

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

Saw a bunch of glide avalanches that had released along southern aspects on Seattle Ridge, Tincan, and Sharks Fin. Allen said a few had released since he was last in the pass on Monday.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies and light winds.

Snow surface

Below 1500' there was a firm crust around noon when we started and nice corn conditions around 5pm on our way down. Above 1500' the snow surface ranged from dry soft snow on northern aspects to firm crusts on southern aspects. Skiing down Sunburst around 5pm the snow surface had softened but was still crusty due to a cool breeze and cool air temperature throughout the day.


We were on a mission to install a new camera on the Sunburst weather station and did not end up with any time to poke into the snow.

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