Route & General Observations
Great day at the Turnagain Pass motorized lot practicing avalanche rescue with 30+ backcountry enthusiasts! Thanks to all those that attend the first ‘CNFAIC Avalanche Rescue Workshop’ of the season. The next one will be on January 9th.
Rode to the top of Seattle Ridge in the afternoon to get a look at the new snow stability and see if anyone had triggered an avalanche. The only avalanche activity we saw were very small loose snow sluffs.
Sluffs in very steep terrain, over 40 deg. These were low in volume.
Valley fog and mostly clear skies. Light and variable winds. Temperatures in the 20's F.
12-18" of loose storm snow that is settling 'right-side-up' (looser snow on top of stronger snow). The clear skies and cool temperatures have changed the character of the storm snow and loosened the surface (good skiing and riding!).
Many folks were getting onto steeper terrain today with no signs of slab avalanches triggered. In general, it looks as though the storm snow is stabilizing well and 'relatively' quickly - don't forget this the first day after the storm however. Cornices have grown and look menacing in some areas.