Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lipps

Route & General Observations

After finding a thin drizzle crust on the surface of the Eddies parking lot we decided to go to Lipps where we did not find a crust on the surface. We toured up to about 2,400’ digging a pit at 1,900’. We were looking at the surface conditions, searching for buried surface hoar, and digging deep for the Thanksgiving crust/facet combo layer. There was wind up high on the ridgetops, but it was a nice warm day at the treeline level.

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

Recent glide avalanche directly across from Magnum on the motorized side of the pass.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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It was a grey day with mostly cloudy skies. The sun peeked out just as we headed down around 2pm. Temperatures were warm, 30 degrees F at the parking lot. There was no precipitation today while we were out and winds were light from the north at treeline, but the northeast winds were blowing snow off the surrounding ridges and peaks.

Snow surface

A few inches of new snow over a breakable crust up to about 1,500’. Above that soft snow on the surface. We did not see any surface hoar.


We dug a pit at 1,900’ on a north aspect. We did not get any concerning test results (CT14 RP, ECTN18 both 25cm down on a slight hardness change F to F+). We did see a grey line 40cm down but did not see any buried surface hoar and did not get any results on that layer. The Thanksgiving crust was 4’ deep and had .5-1mm facets above and below. We are still seeing poor structure with the weak facets surrounding the crust, but good stability in test results.

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