Observation: Turnagain

Location: Glide Crack Observation

Route & General Observations

Road corridor from Girdwood to Turnagain Pass.
Skinned and skied WSW aspect of Sunburst to 3400′

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

Recent glide releases on Seattle East face ~2500' and Skookum NE aspect ~1500'
Glide cracks on all aspects in steep terrain

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy
Mid 20's F
Calm winds
No precip

Snow surface

Surface hoar found at all elevations
2-3" of dust on crust/firm snow above 2200'


Didn't dig any pits, but dug to ground at 2000' practicing beacon drills. Height of snow was about 3.5' deep and found moist facets on the ground, valley bottom near Taylor Creek. Several dense crust layers were above it.

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