Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Placer Valley

Route & General Observations

Afternoon trip up to Turnagain Pass in hopes of getting to the Seattle Ridge weather station. The visibility was so poor that we ended up turning around and headed back to Placer Valley to take a look at that zone, which is where the most snow fell over last weekend. High point was only around 700′ off the valley floor.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Warming of the top 6" of the snow surface. We did not see any natural avalanches from the past two days, but we were wary of steep slopes simply due to the recent 2-3 feet of storm snow that fell a couple days ago.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast to obscured skies.
Temps in the mid 30'sF.
No wind except for at the parking lot at the Portage curve, breezy east winds there.

Snow surface

Moist soft settled powder in the Placer Valley.
Outside the Turnagain parking we found 8-10" of settled snow with a 1" crust on top - ugh.


There was around 18-20" of settled storm snow from the weekend.
We only tested the new storm snow that was sitting on a 2" crust. ECTN 24 around 20" down just above the crust.
No signs of cracking despite the top 6" or so being so moist and 'slabby'. I'm guessing things are much drier and could be more reactive in the higher elevations.

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