Observation: Seward

Location: Seward- Tiehacker

Route & General Observations

Skin to 2100’ where pit was dug. Skin to ~2500’ to ski down.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

15cm deep sluffs released at ski cuts on >35 degrees but would not propagate, traveled short distances, and did not move very fast.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy, North Wind 20kts, ~25F

Snow surface

15cm fresh soft snow


70 cm total depth. Failure without propagation found at this 15 cm deep interface where fresh snow sits on frozen precipitation layer (rain crust). This frozen precip layer was most likely from rain event on 12/27. At 50 cm depth a 10 cm crust is located but non reactive. ECTN12 at 15 cm depth.

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