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Tumalo 1/25

Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 - 9:54 AM
Reporter(s):
Alli Miles
Location:
Tumalo
The Day Was:
Cold  
The Ride Was:
Good  
The Snow Was:
Powder   Wind effected   Crusty  
We observed the following "red flag" avalanche conditions:
Recent slab avalanches  

Written Report:
I toured up Tumalo this morning at sunrise. Temps were cold, about 12 degrees, and light wind out of the west. I did not see blowing snow.

I observed signs of previously wind transported snow (wavy surface, drifts) but any slab formations I found were isolated, soft, and shallow (a few inches). I skied the bowl, scraping the crust a bit in my first few turns, but it was more filled in and skiing nicely down lower. On my way back up, I noticed some slab avalanche debris on the skier's left side of the bowl near the top, just below the cornices. It was small (D1), and it looked like it happened yesterday because it was partially filled back in. It looked like it was triggered naturally, perhaps by a piece that came off one of the cornices above. I could not see a clear crown, but it could have been filled back in. I should have taken a photo, but it was COLD and I had to get to work.