Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

We toured up to about 3000′ on Tincan, turned around when we got fully socked in by the clouds and skied in the trees for the rest of the day. 2-4″ new snow, which had fallen on supportable crusts up to around 2500′ and firm dry snow above that. Winds were picking up out of the northeast through the day.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Rain on the drive up to about 800'. Precip was notably more intense in Girdwood and along the arm, tapering quickly as soon as we started heading up the past. Winds picked up through the day, blowing snow at around 2000' and higher.

Snow surface

2-4" new snow on firm surfaces. This buried a crust that went up to around 2500'.


We didn't dig today, but we did a lot of hand pits and stomping around on steep rolls. Shooting cracks on wind loaded features, with some snow starting to move later in the day. We noticed two layers in the upper foot of the snowpack that were shearing very easily in hand pits. These looked like decomposing snowflakes between wind slabs and melt/freeze layers. Visibility was poor but we didn't see any new avalanches.

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