Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Standard route up Tincan to weather station.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West Northwest
Elevation 2500ftSlope Angle 37deg
Crown Depth 24inWidth 40ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Avalanche Details

D1.5 remote triggered by skier approaching convex rollover. Slope was on leeward side of small ridge. The crown was not investigated, but most likely storm snow with enough wind loading to create a firm enough slab to propagate.

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

Cracking occurs on most wind affected slopes and convex rolls. Whumphing was heard once at ~2500'.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing hard and warm. 32 degrees at Tincan pullout at 3:30pm.

Snow surface

New snow is wet and heavy, especially below 2000'


Hand pits showed poor bonding between new-old snow interface, especially below 2000' where rain crust is present.

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