Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

We skied up to about 3000′ and skied some south-facing terrain. We found some small fresh wind slabs in steep southwest gullies that were reactive with ski cuts. We also noticed snow loading the north-facing start zones in Todd’s Bowl as well as Sunburst and the Pastoral area.


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

Small wind slabs (3-4" deep) were reactive in some steep loaded gullies.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy, with some periods of sun filtering through. Winds were calm until around 2600', where we felt light to moderate southeasterly winds.

Snow surface

2-4" soft snow on top of firm wind slabs from the 2/10 wind event.


We did not dig any pits. But we did find reactive wind slabs in some cross-loaded gullies. I found stubborn older wind slabs difficult to shear in hand pits along the way. We decided not to poke into Todd's bowl because it was getting active wind loading through the day.

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