Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Plan was to hit Eddie’s. When we pulled in the parking lot it was a complete slush fest.

We kept driving further up and just around 800′ seems like the snow was looking better and drier.

We turned around and went to the Tincan lot, once there, the snow wasn’t completely dry, but better. Once on the skin track, looked like the newer snow was falling on saturated older snow, seemed like yesterday’s snow came in with a lot of water content then became drier.

Up higher the snow started to get drier and deeper, way to deep. At some point I counted 14 people within visual in the skin track.

Once at treeline, groups were choosing strategies for where to go. Then we encountered some groups at the bottom of the run.
Snow was good, but deep enough to sink almost to mid quad, even with big skis. Hard to put turns in low angle, almost straight lines.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Couple of storm slabs on some rollovers.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

A couple of collapses while traversing and shuffling with skis.
Rapid loading for sure.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Blowing at times from the NW.

Snow surface

Lots of new snow, maybe 2' in some areas.

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