Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Normal route up Tincan to top of trees. Poor visibility and wind made travel above TL difficult.

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

New snow was behaving well in the morning but around 14:00 the additional accumulation, warming temps and increasing winds started to produce slab-like conditions with shooting cracks. Late in the day steep rollovers were also becoming reactive and popping out when tested.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Parking lot 10:30- 32 degrees, snowing, light wind.
2300'- temps in high 20's climbing to 32 degrees. Winds moderate becoming strong out of the east in the afternoon. Steady snowfall, heavy at times
Parking Lot 16:20- 33 degrees, light wet snow, moderate winds

Snow surface

parking lot AM: 4" new heavy snow
1600' AM: 5" new snow
2000' AM: 7" new snow some wind effect
2300': 8' accumulating to 10 to 12" later in day
1600' PM: 7" to 8" heavy snow


Hand pits in the morning did not show much reactivity with the new snow/old snow mainly because it was unconsolidated and didn't act as a slab.
Hand pits in the afternoon showed moderate shears of the storm snow on the old snow surface and poor bonding of the 2/16 snow at the inter This corresponded time wise with storm slab failures on steep rollovers.

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