Observation: Turnagain

Location: Super Bowl

Route & General Observations

Toured to Basketball via Taylor Creek to encounter lots of wind affected snow in Taylor Pass & strong wind gusts, maybe 30-40mph. Dropped into Gold Pan to discover more hard, wind affected snow. Toured into SuperBowl from Gold Pan and exited via the west side of Magnum.

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

When entering Super Bowl I initiated at 50+ foot long shooting crack out from my ski. The crack was maybe 6 inches deep and 1.5 inches wide.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partially cloudy, windy, 25-30 degree temps.

Snow surface

Taylor Pass- hard wind affected snow. Gold Pan- hard wind affected snow and a slight melt-freeze crust. SuperBowl- top portion was hard and wind affected but lower bowl contained mostly settled and protected powder.