Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan treeline

Route & General Observations

Hike to Tincan treeline with APU Mountain Weather class to check on the status of research weather station. The station will need another maintenance run before it will be running again due to structural issues.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

There were some loose snow activity at the top of Tincan common and on the northerly chutes of Sunburst.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Overcast sky.
Intermittent light rain.
Light winds in the lower elevations, light winds from SE with gusts of moderate at treeline.
Temperatures above freezing ~mid30s.


No snow at lower elevation.
1700' to 2100' we were hiking on continuous snow cover of 2-10cm of wet grains.
Starting @ 2000' the surface had been frozen and the top 3-5 cm is harder than the rest of the pack.
Definitely more snow at the higher elevation, but we did not go beyond the weather station.

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