Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to 3200′. Looking around before the next storm.
Survival skiing!

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 3600ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 7inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 600ft  
Avalanche Details

Hippy Bowl - see photos
Below Common uptrack -see photo
Small wind slabs on Seattle Ridge
Piles of new debris visible below 3 of the N Sunburst chutes

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

See avalanche details for Hippy Bowl and see photos
Small avalanche below Common uptrack - see photo
Small wind slabs on Seattle Ridge
Piles of new debris visible below 3 of the N Sunburst chutes

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny in the morning trending toward full cloud coverage by 3p. Temps 37-28. Calm winds increasing in the late afternoon.

Snow surface

Recent rain + warm temperatures impacted the snow surface up to ~2700' creating areas with rain runnels, but mostly only penetrating the top 1/2 - 1 inch of the snowpack. Above 2700' conditions varied from wind board to 6" of powder.


3200' on SW aspect adjacent to Hippy Bowl.
HS 110cm
CT failed 15 cm down under wind affected snow and 40 cm at a hardness change. Not reactive in the ECT.
ECTP22 (Q2) on the Veteran's Day facets. 105cm down over melt freeze layer.

Photos & Video
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