Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Toured standard Tincan skin track to the ridge 3200′ and looked towards Todd’s Bowl and down Hippie Bowl. More avalanches from yesterday were observed as well as a couple small new ones today. The buried surface hoar was found in every test location. There was no evidence of natural avalanches observed.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 2500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 10inWidth 25ft
Vertical Run 45ft  
Avalanche Details

Two small avalanches triggered above the skin track to the lookers right of the avalanche the hit the skin track yesterday. They were on the steep slopes that are above just as the track gets into the Alpine. Both ran on the layer of buried surface hoar.

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

Recent avalanches, other parties talked about seeing shooting cracks at lower elevations on Tincan. A group in the Sunburst parking lot said they watched a group trigger the terrain below Taylor Pass from Sunburst. Wide propagation with a shallow slab.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mixture of snow showers and broken skies.
Light NE winds

Snow surface

3" of new snow over soft settled powder.


Buried surface hoar sits 6-15" below the top layer of soft snow from the last night and the Nov 17th storm. This layer is continuing to be reactive. It was easy to locate in all hand pits. Extended column test at NW aspect 2500' propagated at 12 taps. Hand pits off the ridge were failing on isolation below wind effected snow.

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