Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees and Sunburst Meadows

Route & General Observations

Three groups out today with Alaska Avalanche School for the final day of our level one class. One group travelled to the top of Tincan Trees. The other two groups went up Sunburst.

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

Small collapsing and cracking in Sunburst alders. Most likely related to the alder facet gardens.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Stopped snowing around noon, visibility improved throughout the day. Got colder and colder in afternoon with light winds picking up.

Snow surface

FRESH POW! Loose unconsolidated new snow. Great ski quality.


Tincan West aspect, HS 135, 27 degree slope,1800' ECTX (but upon high kick to shovel, got propagation on buried surface hoar ), CT26downboth78 and 88 on two buried surface hoar layers with possibly an old wind slab between (1F hardness: see photo)

Sunburst, 29 degree slope, W Aspect, 2700' below skin track that hits ridge, ECTP25 down 35 cms on buried surface hoar. Total HS: 135 cms. CT23Q3down20cms

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