Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Normal route.
Started at 1:30.
Turned around when I got to the ridge and South winds started to pick up. I’ll say around ~35 mph approx.
The first time I felt the wind was going to blow my board or poles, I had to transition crawling in the ground.

A lot of transportation of snow to N aspect (leeward). S/SW was changing fast, from soft powder to hard wind crust.

One avalanche observed SW aspect. On a steep rollover. (already observed by Wendy in previous Observation).

A couple of slides on W aspect in Magnum when I was back at parking lot 15:30. I think were sluff, or loose avalanche due the warming temperatures around the rocks there.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clr sky. With a couple of clouds rolling in with the wind.
Windy above 2,700' ASL.
Approx. 35 mph. ?
Temp. 32 F.

Snow surface

Soft powder at the beginning. Close to the ridge, already affected by wind (windward). 2~3" wind crust on top.


No Snow pit performed.

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