Observation: Turnagain

Location: Cornbiscuit

Route & General Observations

Road observations with a quick tour up the lower slopes of Cornbiscuit before the Monday storm.

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

Only minor cracking along lower NW ridge of Cornbiscuit. However, we only ascended to 2,000'.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny and light Westerly winds. Temperatures in the teens.

Snow surface

The bottom portion of Cornbiscuit has 3-4" of new snow from 2/23. Some wind effect down low, but we could see wind effect and variable conditions higher on slope. Top 6-8" is very loose snow.


Roughly 10-12" of loose snow on a 1-2" layer of faceted snow. The facets are 4F to Fist hard and sit on a very stout melt freeze crust. This set up is consistent with what has been reported from other mid-elevation slopes. Essentially, a very weak snowpack that was not affected enough by wind to have a slab on top.

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