Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Headed up the normal skin track looking for corn skiing conditions. The crust softened in the afternoon but stayed supportable on S and SE aspects. We left at 4pm and the crust at lower elevations was still supportable for a skier, but it was melting fast with the warm and sunny weather.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Blue skies and warm temperatures hovering around freezing at upper elevations and well above freezing at the road elevation. Light winds along the ridge line in the afternoon were keeping things relatively cool in the alpine.

Snow surface

Below 1500' the W aspect we skinned up had a very supportable 6"+ thick melt freeze crust. Above 1500' the thickness of the surface crust was very aspect dependent. On northerly aspects below roughly 2200' there was a thin surface crust, but above 2200' northerly aspects had dry and light facets on the surface.


We did not dig any formal snow pits.

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