Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

The northern end of Tincan Trees to 2100′

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

A large glide crack is opening up at the top of repeat offender on the motorized side, over the common uptrack route. See photos below.

Visibility was limited, but we only saw the small loose snow/slabs under CFR ridge as reported yesterday. No other signs of instability.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps felt around 30, with occasional light winds from the north at treeline. A thick fog layer obscured the sky from 800' - 1800' in the morning, with overcast skies of high clouds above that layer. Around 1 PM light to moderate snow began and the skies became obscured. ~1" of new snow when we left by 3 PM, and snow to sea level on the drive down the pass!

Snow surface

The same as yesterday's observation for treeline and below... with slightly less ski penetration today. The snow surface - moist below 1200' when we departed yesterday - had dried out overnight to the parking lot level, with no crust present on the surface.


No formal stability tests today, but jumping on steep unsupported terrain features produced no results.

Photos & Video
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