Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees from the Center Ridge Parking Lot

Route & General Observations

Center Ridge to Tincan trees 1770′. Great skiing on low angle slopes.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Whoomphing. The most recent avalanche we saw was on the north side of Sunburst from two days ago.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Mostly cloudy, light south winds, trace of new snow, temps in the low 20's.

Snow surface

Fluffy, new snow over a supportable base. Ski penetration about 30cm. Boot penetration was about 110cm.


We dug two pits on our tour.

The first pit was at 1560', south aspect, 19 degree slope and was 120cm deep. It resulted in an ECTP23 down 60cm from surface on 8mm surface hoar.

The average of three pits at 1770', northwest aspect, 20 degree slope was 125cm deep. It resulted in an ECTP25 down 65cm on the same 8mm surface hoar. Video of this pit will be emailed to Aleph.