Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst. Traditional uptrack

Route & General Observations

Very pleasant day. A knee deep skin track up to the ridge. Alders still thick, being held up by surrounding snow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Dry Loose Snow
Aspect SouthElevation 3400ft
Slope Angle 35degCrown Depth 24in
Width 30ftVertical Run 300ft
Avalanche Details

Extending the skin trail up sunburst we found some poorly bonded snow. The first skier on slope, skiing next to the ski track got this 2 foot crown to pop. Semi expected. There was trepidation by our group upon meeting up with the trail blazers. Initially hard to tell it popped. The snow, light and billowy disquised the moving snow. The skier confidently made it back to the ridge, an island of safety. Careful out there.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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New snow? Yes, the proper amount for a Warren Miller film.

Snow surface

Light blower pow. Grade A.


Upside down. 24” sitting on facets. (As reviled by slide)

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