Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Tincan uptrack to treeline

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

On steeper rolls we were betting wide shooting cracks, about 20+ feet in each direction. The cracks were about 6" deep, and were running on a change in density within the new snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast to whiteout conditions. Rain/snow mix at the parking lot switching to all snow at about 1500'. Light to moderate snowfall throughout the day with calm winds.

Snow surface

About 12" of new snow at 1500'. Below there there was a rain crust on the surface that was partially melted. The wet new snow at lower elevations was very gloppy on our skins and skis.


We mostly just dug hand pits and worked our way to as many steep test rolls as we could. In areas that had seen wind during the snowfall we found some loaded pockets up to 2' deep that were touchy and producing long shooting cracks.

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