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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Cornbiscuit

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Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack

The parking situation hasn’t changed much since Feb. 18-ish

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No red flags observed

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Sunny
-4°F to 5°F
Light south winds in the afternoon

During the drive and tour we could see pluming off peaks toward Hope, 20 mile, Placer Valley, and toward Johnson Pass (no pluming noted on Seattle Ridge or near Turnagain Pass)

Snow surface

1/2cm wind skin on wind exposed surfaces - not noticeable to break through while skiing or breaking trail
10-20cm of powder

Snowpack

Layer to track: Leap day surface hoar ↓ 10-20cm surrounded above and below by fist hard decomposing fragments
January facets ↓ 85cm - A section of the January facets were 4F and were surrounded by 1F facets (facets were rounding, 2-3mm)

Cornbiscuit
3200'
SW aspect
No notable results from test pit:
ECTX (X2)
DT28
Hand shears at multiple locations/elevations gave moderate to hard results, and mostly non-planar.

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