Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan Trees

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to tree line. Hip deep wallowing when breaking trail.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Sluff pulled out small pockets of the new snow on steeper features, see photo.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast becoming broken. Light to moderate snowfall tapering off to very light then no precip. Light winds from the northeast.

Snow surface

Light density new snow, a few previous wind drifts evident at treeline.


See pit profile and image attached. Layer of concern in our pit - approximately 60cm deep, 2cm thick layer of decomposing precip particles, looked like 3-5mm stellars. This is the layer that appeared to be releasing sluff pockets, and the layer stability tests failed on. New snow above and below appeared much smaller ~1mm, all three layers with similar hand hardness. Our pit was likely in the lee of a small feature, getting wind deposit, so the stellar layer may not be as deep at other locations.

HS ranged from 180-220cm
ECTN13@152 (the stellar layer)
CT12(SC)@152 (the stellar layer)

Photos & Video
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