Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Started from Tincan pullout ~10am and after tough trailbreaking we dug a quick pit to see how all this new snow is doing. Heavy and wet! Skiing was fun but slow.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Observed no naturals during short periods of visibility in the Turnagain mountains.
Multiple avalanches along the highway (pic below)

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps hovering around freezing most of the day with intermittent periods of light snowfall (S-1).
Most of the day sky was obscured but sometimes opened enough to get a look at seattle ridge and sunburst.
Winds were calm-light from ENE.

Snow surface

Generally a foot of dry-moist snow over ~4ft of moist-wet, consolidated snow. Made for quite the wallow breaking trail and slow skiing coming down.


Performed a quick pit including a shovel tilt test and a CT test.
HS 122cm at 1872' on a WNW aspect in an open meadow.
Roughly a foot of dry-moist snow over a 1.5cm thick very wet crust with clustered-rounded grains, all over the rest of the snowpack being moist-wet, well consolidated decomposing precipitation particles.
Shovel tilt test saw no results/concerning storm interface layers in the top 75cm of the snowpack.
CT25 Q1-SC 95cm down from snow surface.

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