Observation: Turnagain, Summit

Location: Kenai Mtns

Route & General Observations

Took advantage of an opportunity to fly from ANC-Moose Pass/ Seward then back thru Turnagain pass before returning to ANC.
Summit Lake zone:: Very wind effected. Windward slopes stripped of snow to bare ground. Leeward slopes have significant loading.
Moose Pass/ Seward: One large crown (~4200′) observed just N. of Mt. Alice.
Turnagain pass: Lots of new Glide cracks throughout TP. Did not see glides elsewhere. Beyond the glides noted in obs over the last 2 days, I noticed a dozen or more new glide cracks N. of the common uptrack, east face of Seattle Ridge. At least 1 had released. 1 small mid-slope crown seen on the S side of Seattle ridge, across from Pete’s.

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Observer Comments

Several older debris piles seen, likely from the last 10 days or so. Lots of new glide cracks observed, likely opening up in the last 2-3 days.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny in Anchorage. Mid level clouds driven by east winds spilling over from PWS. Partly sunny further south toward Seward today. Winds in the 20-30mph range.

Snow surface

Very wind effected in the upper elevations (as observed from the air). Heavy rime above 4500' and large cornices looming over slopes.

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