Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to Tincan common. Surface snow is moist all the way to the ridgetop. Made for some tricky (back seat) skiing.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect East
Elevation 3100ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth 12inWidth 25ft
Vertical Run 250ft  
Avalanche Details

I initiated a wet loose avalanche with a hard turn mid-slope on a slight convexity. Slope was just steep enough that the loose, wet snow continued to build in mass and momentum. When debris finally came to a rest it had entrained enough snow to easily bury a person.

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

New glide avalanches in Skookum drainage, Penguin ridge and Seattle ridge.
Shallow storm slabs on N,E and W Pyramid.
Lots of shallow wet, loose avalanches and roller ball activity on southerly tilted slopes.
Cornices chunks shedding.
Temps warming significantly throughout the day as the sun poked out.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light rain and mostly cloudy in the morning turning to mostly clear skies by 2pm. Temps were warm, getting warmer. 40 degrees at noon (1,000') and 47 degrees by 4:30. Winds were very light in the afternoon hours from the NE.

Snow surface

1,000 - 2,000': 6-12" new snow. Moist to very moist.
2,000 - 3200': 12-16" new snow Moist.


Snowpit at 2700' on a NW aspect. 22 degree slope. HS= 365cm
Top 40cm (16") was moist new snow (hot powder) was sitting on a thin mostly compressed layer of dry snow from early Saturday. Not the obvious upside down structure that Wendy found yesterday. Seems the low density snow has compressed a fair bit in the last 24hrs under the weight of the overlying slab.
ECTN x 2

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