Observation: Turnagain

Location: Center Ridge

Route & General Observations

We toured up Center Ridge to learn about snowpack during our level 1 avalanche class. We found good structure, good strength, and no propagation potential in our pits. The 5-10mm surface hoar that existed the previous day at 1,200′ was covered with 1″ of new snow. We found very good stability on a beautiful day.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

We were able to trigger dry loose snow avalanches on steep test slopes at this elevation

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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It was a very cold and beautiful day. Mostly sunny, calm, and -4 F in the parking lot.

Snow surface

There was 1" of new snow on top of 5-10mm surface hoar. Below that is 1' of faceting snow on top of a thick crust.


We dug several pits all at about 1,200' on west, southwest, and southeast aspects. We found good structure, good strength and no propagation potential. We had one result out of all the tests performed. ECTN18, 1' (30cm) down on the interface between the fist and one finger hardness layers (see photo). We were able to trigger some loose snow avalanches on some steep test slopes. If there had been any steep slopes close by there would have been very good skiing at this elevation!

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