Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Sunny side

Route & General Observations

Toured up moto uptrack on the sunnyside. Strong inversion and sun effect noted on southern and eastern slopes. Roller balls and softening snow in the afternoon, refreeze later in the day. Melt refreeze crust noted below ~2500 feet on all aspects.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect South Southeast
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Run 100ft  
Avalanche Details

On S/SE aspects later in the day multiple wet point release were noted/triggered.

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

Isolated collapsing on ridge tops

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Bluebird, strong inversion noted, no wind

Snow surface

Firm and crusty low, gradually softening with elevation. Solar effects on S/SE slopes. Shaded slopes above 2500 held soft snow. WIdespread surface hoar observed


No formal snow tests performed. Few collapse on ridge tops, but no other red flags

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