Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

“Good” conditions above 2000′. Approx 15cm ski penetration in dry snow, seemingly right side up snow pack, early season hazards exist. Busy day on Tincan Resort. Low hanging clouds to 2000′, mostly clear after 2pm. Lots of alder bashing below 2000′.

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

A couple instances of collapsing were experienced, at and below tree line. Busy day on Tincan. No signs of new avalanches in the last couple days.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Nice. -10c to -5c - coldest at parking lot. Light to no wind. Mixed clouds and sun.

Snow surface

Rime and surface hoar on snow surface - primarily shaded West to North facing aspects. Approx 15cm ski penetration on South face above 3000' - no sun crust. Approx. 20cm ski penetration at treeline. Hit some rocks in the lower portions of Hippie Bowl and on CFR Ridge. Poked into the westerly chutes of Todd's Bowl and turned around to ski South instead, due to rocks.


Skied in South, Southwest and West aspects up to 3300'. Snow is dry with on all aspects. Alders were the biggest hazard of the day.

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