Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tin Can

Route & General Observations

General up track, skied three laps in the trees.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Small recent avalanche seen below the ridge cornice. From a way off seemed to be a small possible wind slab.

Was able to get 1-2 ft shooting cracks in an actively wind loading pocket. Had no reactivity or shooting cracks all day on steep rolls on slopes without active wind lips.

Small, hardly audible, whomping at tree line.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Moderate snowfall mid day with clearing skies. Flagging out if the north seen at the summit throughout the day when there was visibility.

Snow surface

Moist snow down low. Crust disappeared at approximately 1500 ft. Bottomless dense powder above 1500 ft.

Knee deep ski penetration mid day and breaking trail in the trees. First lap down, knee deep ski penetration. Each lap there was more wind effect on the surface snow so that by the third lap ski penetration was boot deep.


Also able to trigger a developing wind lip three feet deep on a steep roll at tree line with just a bend at the knees.