Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Normal up-track on Sunburst to 2,900 ft.


Roller balls and runnels blanketed with a little new snow! Skied pretty well!

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No recent avalanches observed, no cracking or collapsing. Definite signs of wind moving snow, especially cross loading on Seattle Ridge but no evidence of natural wind slab activity.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy, no precipitation
Winds 10-20 ENE
Temps: Low 20's @ 2500"

Snow surface

1,000-1.500’ Rain crust (see photo)
1.500-2,000' Rain crust with 1-3" of new snow, runnels
2,000-2,500’ Rain crust with 4-6'' of new snow, runnels, roller balls from rain event
2,500-3,000' 6" of new snow on a supportable layer (good skiing)


Test results in 3 locations today showed the storm snow to be well bonded to underlying surfaces. No propagation in any stability tests. All pit locations had a thin facet layer at the ground that was non-reactive (see photo).

1. 2,900’ W aspect, HS=100cm, no stability test results
2. 2,600' NW aspect HS= 80 cm, no stability test results
3. 2,480' W aspect HS=70 cm, no stability test results

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