Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Laps in Tincan common bowl and a run down Dog bowl. Found relatively little wind effect on standard route up.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northwest
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 39deg
Crown Depth 3inWidth 25ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Avalanche Details

Went towards wind lip skiers left of dog bowl and remotely triggered a small soft slab. Subsequent jumps on the lip produced no additional releases.

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

Small shooting cracks on wind loaded slopes. Also old debris in Dog Bowl but couldn’t tell how old.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps in teens, steady winds 5-10mph, gusts to 15mph. Snowing lightly all day. Not enough wind to fill in tracks midday but winds increased after our last run.

Snow surface

About 8-10” new low density snow on top of tincan common bowl.


Informal stability tests including hand shears / quick pits produced showed good stability and bonding. Lots of slope traversing and jumping produced no collapses. Only thing we got to go was a small soft slab in dog bowl. However - kept angles moderate and didn’t go out on anything steeper than 30.

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