Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Standard up track to 3200′
No sign of wind transporting snow at Sunburst, Tincan, Seattle, or Magnum ridges when we had visibility

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Full cloud cover above 5000', then dropped to 3500' by 2p
Calm to light NE winds
-4°F to +14°F
Intermittent S-1

Snow surface

Snow surface was 4"-10" of powder
Occasional wind effected areas, mostly along the ridge


10 handpits between two of us at various elevations from 1500' to 3300' - only one hand pit (in the trees at 1800') revealed obvious visual sign of buried surface hoar (from Solstice).
Snow from previous 4 days seemed to be settling but not forming cohesive slab

Testpit at 3000', HS160cm, southwest aspect:
CT19Q2, 25cm↓ on 0.5mm rimed stellars
No visual sign of buried surface hoar layer/s. Upon searching, found some crushed BSH mixed with decomposing stellars 55cm↓

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