Sunday, April 02, 2006

Avalanche conditions at Turnagain

It didn't take much deciphering to figure out that conditions were not "green light" today on Tin Can. As we approached the saddle below Hippie Bowl, we saw a skier-triggered slide just off the west side of the saddle. The slide matched our predictions - 10-12 inches of new (fallen + wind loaded) snow on top of buried surface hoar. The small avalanche left a clean, smooth surface of surface hoar (check out the relatively large crystals below). The slide definitely gave us pause. We decided not to ski in the bowl itself, but to play it safe on the less-steep, less-wind-loaded ridge. The skiing was awesome and everyone stayed safe!


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