Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst Normal Skin track

Route & General Observations

Skied multiple runs on W and SSW aspects from the top of the ridge at the normal jump off point (west end before cornice line).

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

In general there were no signs of instability on Sunburst itself that were observed. To the N Tincan ridge (Library) had numerous crown faces and it also looked like there might be some slides in the Pastoral area that probably went during the Fri/Sat storm. Sorry camera battery was dead so no photos.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny with a few high clouds passing through the day. Winds were light from the E to SE and mainly in the Tailor drainage or directly on the ridge.

Snow surface

Snow from the last couple of storms was prevalent on the surface. There was very little wond effect and mostly on the tops of the ridges. It was hard to discern the newer snow from the older snow.

2400' approx. 11" of new snow 4F/F (top 6" F)
2900' approx. 17" of new snow 4F/F
3300' variable from 8" to 20" new snow


Hand pits at 2400', 2900' and 3300' showed moderate to hard shear with Q2 at depths from ~2 feet at lower elevations to 2.5'-3'at the higher elevations.

Snow pack is right side up and appeared/felt fairly cohesive.