Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Tincan tree day. Very windy at tree line.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect UnknownElevationunknown
Slope Angle 38degCrown Depth 12in
Width 10ftVertical Run 15ft
Avalanche Details

Several skier triggered storm slabs from about 1800 to treeline. One a at 1800 was a remote trigger. The ones observed were small and ranged in depth from a foot to more depending on wind loading. Lower one looked to fail on old snow surface.

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

Lots of long shooting cracks and avis.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Very windy at treeline and steady snow for most of the day.

Snow surface

Upper 3" liked to stuff. Slight slab feel in windy spots but not too bad.


Lots of hand pits and ski cuts. New snow would slide if it was closer to 35 degrees and above.