Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Tincan trees north side.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 10inWidth 30ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Avalanche Details

Skier remote triggered D1 wind slab that stepped down to the buried surface hoar. The skiers line, as planned, was not where avalanche released.

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

Skier remote trigged avalanche. A few shooting cracks near treeline on wind loaded aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear sunny skies. Temps around 20.
Light to moderate SW winds at treeline at the base of the CFR ridge with minimal snow transport. We observed previous southerly wind affect. At around 4pm we observed NW winds transporting snow on Tincan common summit.

Snow surface

10-15cm ski pen through the trees.
5cm wind crust on northerly aspects from previous southerly winds.
10+cm wind slabs on isolated northerly aspects.


Hand pits revealed BSH 25cm down.

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