Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Standard Tincan uptrack

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Southwest
Elevation 2300ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth 12inWidth 70ft
Vertical Run 5ft  
Avalanche Details

Multiple small soft slab avalanches in the new storm snow and wide spread fracture and cracking along specific terrain features (especially steep rollovers.) Most significant activity was noted where there was active wind transport at the @2300ft elevation level; largest was D 0.5-1 @ 100ft length crown with 12 in depth.

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

Avalanches, Shooting Cracks and Whumphing. A few small releases remotely triggered in the valley (see photo) especially where there was minimal wind effect prior to new storm snow. It was easy to find table size soft slabs in specific terrain that could be triggered by skier weight. Abundant shooting cracks and fracturing of soft lab but with minimal energy. However, it was also possible to find larger pockets (up to 100 ft in size reactive to skier trigger especially at tree line where wind was actively transporting snow into fresh wind slab with more energy and larger volume snow movement.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light to moderate snow fall. Moderate winds with strong gusts at 2500 ft level. Temperatures steady during day; high twenties at 1000 ft level and low twenties at 3800 ft.

Snow surface

New snow powder surface with wind some wind effect above 2000ft.


New snow on crust or wind effected snow.

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