Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to treeline. Super talkative snowpack today. 1st lap in trees, put skin track in back to main ridge and observed lots of big whoomphs and we remotely triggered several small avalanches. Not all of them popped out and slid. Many slopes had that “stretch mark” appearance noted by Heather and Graham yesterday on Sunburst.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northwest
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 18inWidth 15ft
Vertical Run 50ft  
Avalanche Details

Remotely triggered from ~75' away. The entire slope cracked but only a small pocket released. Avalanche size and slope angle estimated.

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

Tons of whoomphing and remotely triggered avalanches today.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm winds, warm temps, good viz. Great day for a ski.

Snow surface

dreamy pow


Dug a pit at 1900', 32* slope (estimate - forgot to measure) NW aspect adjacent to a couple of (natural? remotely triggered?) avalanches.
HS = 65cm
CT18 - 50cm storm snow failed on ~5cm of facets above the melt/freeze layer
ECTP21 - same as above

Hand pits confirmed that the storm snow is consolidating and easily pulls off that facet/melt-freeze interface

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