Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Center Ridge lot, Tin Can upper tree line via the standard uptrack.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 2500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Multiple skier triggered avalanches, some relatively harmless to people, though some were big enough to bury a person. Elevation was mostly near tree line on Tin Can on steeper slopes or rollovers, westerly aspects.
Most slid on the new snow/old snow interface though a couple slid on the facets lower down in the pack.

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

Whumphing heard and reported by other groups. Recent Avalanches.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast and light snowfall at noon, clearing to broken skies by 3. Light winds from the NE.

Snow surface

Decomposing new snow, no wind loading observed.


Hand pits showed fist hard new snow down to new snow/old snow interface. No formal tests. Ski Pen - 50 to 60 cm. Moist at the parking lot, dry near tree line.

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