Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Afternoon ride up to Seattle Ridge to see how much the solar aspects have been heating up.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type GlideAspect Southeast
Elevation 2200ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

We saw three new glide avalanches that occurred in the past 24 hours. All were on the road-side of Seattle Ridge. One of these slid while we were on the backside of Seattle Ridge.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

The only red flag seen was the glide avalanche activity on the front, road-side of the ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny! Light southerly breeze on ridge.
Temps near 30F on ridge and 40F in parking lot.

Snow surface

Solar aspects were soft fun pseudo corn, about 3" deep of soft melted snow.
Shaded aspects were a variety of soft dry snow with some old wind effect.


We did not dig any pits this afternoon, instead we focused on the amount of warming on sunny slopes. We were surprised to see only the top 3" or so has melted despite such a warm day. We saw no evidence of wet loose avalanches and could not trigger any ourselves.

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