Observation: Turnagain

Location: Pete's

Route & General Observations

Toured up Pete’s South to 3800′ and dug a pit on a N aspect at 3750′. Then we skied up to 2800′ on Pete’s North to take a look at the south-facing aspects and found the sun crust just starting to soften at about 4:00 p.m.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

There were a lot of wet and dry loose avalanches that had occurred in the past few days. No signs of activity from today.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy skies with increasing sun in the afternoon. Winds were light out of the west.

Snow surface

Dry for most of the day, with 1-3" of very low density dust on top of firm surfaces. The sun crust was starting to soften into moist snow by around 4:00 p.m. We saw small rollerballs, but no wet loose activity.


From our pit at 3750' on a N aspect:

*pit was dug in a wind-loaded pocket.
HS: 400 cm
ECTP10, ECTP11 on a layer of stellars buried about 8" deep.
ECTN13 on a layer of rounding facets 18" deep.

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