Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddies

Route & General Observations

Toured solo to Eddies to check on snow conditions. First ski day of this season.
Generally pretty damp and warm. Had to stop twice to wax/scrape my skins due to massive snow clumping.
The top few hundred feet of the run skied surprisingly well.

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

When I skinned over to far skiers' left at 2,200' , due west aspect looking towards Tincan, there were several small/local whumphs.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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33F at the road. Barely below freezing at 2,000ft.
Clouds/Fog from road level up to 1,500ft-2,000ft elevation band. High clouds above that, bright but flat light.
Snowing lightly within the clouds. Despite active snowfall, there was still net negative snow at the road: lost about 1cm in a few hours.

Snow surface

Looked like it rained below ~1,500' elevation and saturated the top several cm's of the snowpack, didn't soak all the way through.
From 1,500'-1,800' there was a few damp cm's of fresh snow on top of last week's settled snow. Also, widespread natural roller balls in this narrow elevation band. Lots of snow clumping on skins,.
Above 1,800' several cm's of fresh good snow on top of the highly wind distributed snow pack. Good skiing.


On the main NW ski zone below 2,200ft I general probed 65-90cm of snowpack, except where wind had scoured previous snow last week. I dug 2 pits.

Pit #1 was in the mellower tree run zone on skiers' right.
Elev 2,100'
30deg slope angle
NNW aspect
Snow depth 75cm
5-10cm of new fist hard snow on top of a generally uniform 4-finger snowpack. There was one layer of lower density snow at ~35cm down. This layer was reactive in CT. There were also basal facets that did not react in this pit.
CT 7 SP -20cm
CT 14 SP -35cm
CT 21 SC -35cm
ECTX (I was very surprised that the -35cm layer didn't react in ECT)
Shovel pry of the ECT block slid on the basal facets.

Pit #2 was on skiers' left of the main slope.
elev 2,100'
36deg slope
WNW aspect
Snow depth 80cm
5-10cm of new fist hard snow on top of a generally uniform 4-finger snowpack. The obvious density change layer seen in Pit #1 was not found in here. This pit did react at 20cm down, similar to the first pit, but I was not able to specifically identify this layer with density.
CT 10 SP -20cm
CT11 basal facet collapse
CT13 further planar slide at -20cm
ECT24 full width basal facet collapse, block stayed upright and intact.

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