Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lipps

Route & General Observations

Toured up Lipps to treeline to see how todays pulse of weather was moving into the pass and see how surface conditions/stability is changing with the new snow.
Great to have some fresh snow finally!

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Glide cracks galore observed even through limited visibility

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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11:20am 820' at car
Calm winds, -2°F, light snowfall (S-1), obscured skies
12:30pm 2200' just above treeline
Calm winds, 0°F, moderate snowfall (S1), obscured skies
2:30pm 820' at car
Calm winds, -3°F, light snowfall (S-1), obscured skies
After leaving the pass, weather seemed to begin to ramp up a bit with winds starting and increased snowfall

Snow surface

~5cm of new, very low density snow sitting on weak faceted old surface snow


No formal pits were dug
The new snow was very cold and dry and wasn't forming any surface slab. Cutting test slopes resulted in very energetic sluffs that moved quick but never ran far

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