Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Skinned the normal up track from the bottom of Tincan to the top of Common Bowl with the goal of finding some left over fresh snow that was not totally hammered by the recent winds.

As we got above treeline, the south facing aspect of tin can was totally hammered by wind. We skied skiers center/right of common bowl that managed to hold decent snow with a few punchy wind effected spots. We found good light snow below treeline as well.


Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

We noticed a long series of crowns on the leeward side of the far Hippy Bowl ridge.

Appeared to be natural wind slabs

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

Observed recent crown

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies
Moderate winds at upper elevations
Single digits at start reaching low to mid double digit temperatures

Snow surface

Soft, light powder snow below tree line
Varying degrees wind packed snow above tree line, with pockets of powder
Windward faces were very compacted windboard


No formal pits dug

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