Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lipps

Route & General Observations

Top of Lipps, via trees, alders, and then a generally SW aspect.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Several crowns ~75-150' across were observed just below the 4100' peak SE of Magnum (GoldPan Pk), on a ESE aspect - see photos below. While we were far away, the crowns looked fairly crisp and potentially recent, with runout also visible at the bottom of the valley.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, valley fog dissipating by mid-morning. Temps in the teens to low 20s, calm.

Snow surface

Same as reported on neighboring peaks - 4-6" of faceting snow over a stout crust below 2500', and over a firm base at higher elevations. 2-4mm surface hoar has formed along the entire route, but it wasn't observed on a solid bed surface at any point in the day.


Quick digging revealed the poor structure with medium facets at the ground along our route. No cracking or collapsing.

Special Note: Without more snow, be prepared to have alder fun on this route!

Photos & Video
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