Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddie's

Route & General Observations

Eddie’s. Up n down n again.

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Forecaster Comments

Thank you for the observation, Blase!
Blase is the Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center in Montana.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow showers alternating with fog or almost clearing. Winds calm to light. Warm. Humid.

Snow surface

4-6" of low density new snow. Slightly moist in AM at lower elevations; moist by late afternoon. Some glopping to skins and skis.


Snow surface undisturbed by wind below our high point at 2300 ft. Above about 2000 ft, new snow sitting on old, hard, wind-transported snow. No cracking on short, steep convexities; no other signs of instability in the new snow.

Test pit on northerly, sheltered slope that would likely harbor surface hoar (1900 ft, 30* aspect: HS 222 cm, progressively harder (F-> 1F+) with depth in top ~80 cm w exception of decomposing SH at 176-177 cm (4F hard, w 1F hard rounds above and below). ECTN 21 and CTM 20 SC on this layer. One other potential though not alarming failure plane ~ 30 cm below the surface (ECTN and CTM SP @ 190 cm).

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