Observation: Turnagain

Location: 1st Bowl - Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Up the motorized uptrack, skied NNE and N aspects between 2,800′ and 2,100′

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No instability noted. Today's snow seemed to be playing nicely with existing snow. Did not see any major wind loading under the ridges.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing heavily from 10-12, cleared at 1pm, clouds lifted and visibility to Girdwood. Intermittent light snow from 2pm-4pm with minimal additional accumulation. Guessing 3" of new snow, maybe more?
Moderate ridge top winds (10-15mph?), kept the ridges blown clean, but did not create any new drifts, or seem to be loading leeward slopes much. Calm wind once into the bowl, minimal snow moving.

Snow surface

A few fresh inches of snow, over more new~ish light snow, over moderate old slab.


Quick hand pits along the way showed the new snow was adhering well to the existing pack, but not forming cohesive slabs. Snow did not slough while skiing.