Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

Normal eddies uptrack to 2200′. We went over to the lookers left ridgeline to check out the approach for the upper face of eddies but there was a lot of snow transport along the ridge so we decided to descend.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Temps were in the upper 30s F at the trailhead but were cold enough to be snowing down to the base of the alders on the face of eddies. It was mixed snow and rain on our exit through the forest. Winds were mostly light at lower elevations and moderate with strong gusts above treeline. Consistent snow started around 2pm and we lost our visibility

Snow surface

Mix of soft new snow in protected areas and varying degrees of wind affected snow in open areas. Overall, the surface conditions were good and the wind effect was only really firm on the most prominent features.


We dug a set of pits at 2000' just below treeline on a north aspect. None of our instability tests produced propagating results and the snowpack structure was quite strong. The 1/25 freezing fog crust was very weak and buried about 1.5' and the New Years Crust was stout at about 10 cm thick and buried 3'.

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