Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Tour up Sunburst to take a look at the amount of re-freeze from last night as well as any recent avalanche activity that may have occurred.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Recent small glide on the SW face of Tincan, under Hippy Bowl. The picture isn't great, but you can see the white(ish) color of the bed surface.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Overcast with some sun shining through. Light Easterly winds. Temps around 50F at parking lot and 35F along the ridge. Warm day!

Snow surface

The cloud cover last night limited the re-freeze and 1-2" of soft wet/moist snow was seen on all aspects, including North.


Southerlies all elevations: The snowpack had a marginal re-freeze from the cloud cover last night. The top 2-3" was soft, but underneath was frozen enough that the snow was supportable with skis most of day. By late afternoon, pack was becoming punchy and unsupportable to the boot, but skis still stayed on top. Bottom of pack in thin zones harbor wet facets - see video.

Northerlies above 2,000': The clouds last night moistened the top 4" - but under this was cold dry faceted snow.

Photos & Video
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