Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

We skinned up the standard uptrack to common bowl during the later half of the day. Numerous shooting cracks were observed but no whomping was heard. All but one hand pit was reactive between the new/older snow interface where buried surface hoar layer was found.

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

Numerous skier triggered avalanches observed as well as reported by other skiers and snowboarders.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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overcast skies, no wind, ~ -5*C/20 freedom units

Snow surface

Dry low density fresh snow


~45cm of new snow observed at tree line above a layer of buried surface hoar. Numerous melt/freeze layers in the bottom 30cm of the snowpack. Moist facets found at the base of the snowpack