Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass, last 4 days

Route & General Observations

General observations from the last 4 days out in the eastern side of Turnagain Pass.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Cornice FallAspect West Southwest
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Large Cornice fall avalanche on Goldpan, looked fresh as of about noon on April 9th.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No red flags observed besides the cornice fall noted.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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April 9th: Sunny, mid 20's in morning to near freezing temps by 1pm, calm ridge top winds with no snow transport observed from 9am-1pm.

Snow surface

Generally, a supportable sun crust is found on solar aspects with about 0.5-1 inch new snow on top. Melt-freeze "heater crust" on north/shady aspects up to about 2,000 max. Otherwise on north/shady aspects a 5-10cm ski pen of settled powder was observed.


Besides the cornice fall noted, no red flags observed in the last 4 days.
One pit dug on a N aspect at 1,800' did not have a visible BSH layer, with ECTX results... but that's just one pit.

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