Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain

Route & General Observations

Lots of skiers and riders were enjoying the backcountry on Friday 1-27. The common observation was loose sluff on steep rollovers with sporadic 4-6 inch deep surface slabs. These slightly stiffer pockets were barely running when initated and remained quite small.

The one exception that we know of was on the South face of the large peak across from Granite creek campground. A significant wind slab avalanche initiated mid slope and send debris to the bottom of the chute sometime on 1-27. We estimate the crown to be at least 2 feet deep. This may have been triggered by an animal, which makes it slightly less noteworthy than a wind triggered avalanche. It still remains a prominent outlier in the region and a good example of what can happen in the wind slabs on steep terrain.

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