Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Super Bowl

Route & General Observations

From Sunburst parking area up Magnum, into PMS bowl, up Super Bowl, skied several aspects in this area and then back out Magnum to the parking lot. Generally good snow conditions above ~2,500′; we found several wind exposed areas which were scoured to the ground and covered in a couple inches of recent snow. Something to watch out for.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

A relatively recent natural avalanche could be seen on the west face of Gold Pan

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Valley clag obscured visibility up to ~2,000' in the morning. Light winds on the ridges calmed by the afternoon.

Snow surface

The rain crust and its changing character with elevation has been well reported. On top of that, we found a couple inches of recent snow which appeared to be faceting. We did not encounter wind slabs of any significance.


Pit at 3,500', facing west, 28 degree slope, toward the head of the super bowl area. 135cm total depth. We dug to the base of the snow pack and were surprised to find a minimal (non-existent?) layer of basal facets. Maybe a fluke pit? 1 finger from the base to 85cm, 4 finger from 85 to 110cm. Fist 110cm to the surface. ECTX.

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