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Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst S-SW Aspect

Route & General Observations

Previous tracks still visible and one or two small slides of the surface snow from the previous day or two, only on steepest slopes.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Dry Loose Snow
Aspect South SouthwestElevation 3000ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 4in
WidthunknownVertical Run 200ft
Avalanche Details

Point releases of loose surface slough while skiing more steep slopes. Snow was moving fast and traveling most of the slope distance, but not running far into the runouts.

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

Small shooting cracks while ascending, traveling at most 6 ft from ski tips.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Fresh snow from Thursday/Friday storm. Clear skies, valley fog/clouds. -8 deg F at the Sunburst parking lot! Light winds at the top, 5-10 mph, though flagging could be seen on taller peaks such as Pastoral.

Snow surface

Light, dry powder! excellent skiing!

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