Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Party of 2 skinned up Taylor pass to the Sunburst weather station. 30 degrees at the Parking lot. Light breeze. No red flags observed on the approach

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South Southwest
Elevation 3400ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 8inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 800ft  
Avalanche Details

We decided not to ski the run directly below us but instead traverse back towards Taylor Pass before dropping in.
My partner skied first. He stopped in a safe spot next to the scoured ridge where he could see the intended ski run all the way to the valley bottom. I skied towards my partner and passed him into the intended line. I made a hard left turn, felt a collapse, and saw the snow fracture at my feet. The crown was about 8 inches deep. I was not caught. Our intended line was skier’s left of the slide but we decided to traverse back to Taylor Pass and ski the skin track out.

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