Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Cam and I parked at the Seattle Ridge lot near the DOT wx station. We skinned up to approx. 2500 ft and skied back down the same track. We dug two pits on the uptrack. When we left at ~10:20am it was raining, and when we returned to the car at ~3:00pm it was snowing at the car. On the drive back towards Girdwood the snow transitioned to rain fairly quickly on the way down the hill near Eddies.
On Seattle it was wet until about ~2200 ft, and then transitioned to a colder snowpack. The east wind was blowing snow sideways and visibility was poor due to the snow.

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Observer Comments

small isolated wind slabs

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light snow. East wind 10-20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Overcast. Air temps were warm, starting well above freezing at the car and transitioning to slightly below freezing at the ridge.

Snow surface

Wet at the car transitioning to light to moderately packed new snow with isolated wind pockets at ridgeline.


Wet at the car, boot pen to ground.

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