Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lipps Trees and Tincan

Route & General Observations

Jan 24: Tincan to near treeline from Center Parking Lot.

Jan 25: Lipps Trees to the entrance of Spokane Creek valley.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Recent wind loading at ridgetops.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Jan 24: near freezing, light winds below treeline, some light snow. Broken clouds and beautiful light.

Jan 25: near freezing temps, moderate N wind at treeline, light snow, raining at the road. Broken clouds and nice light overall.

Snow surface

Both days were similar with smooth new snow. Wet and lumping at road level. Dry snow and great skiing at 2,000 feet.


Jan 24 Pit 1: on Tincan from Center Parking: We found similar snowpack as Brooke Edwards. At 1,500 feet on a 17-degree SW aspect we found 140cm total with these results:
ECTP17 at 110 within the new snow
ECTN22 at 95cm on the Dec 15 surface hoar layer
PST End 25/100 at 95cm on the Dec 15 surface hoar layer

Jan 24 Pit 2:At 1,500 feet on a 24-degree WNW aspect we found 145cm total with these results:
CT22 at 85cm on the Dec 15 surface hoar layer with facets below
ECTN22 at 85cm

Jan 25 Pit 3: at Lipps Trees at 1600 feet on a 28-degree slope with a NNW aspect we found 120cm total snow with these results:
ECTN 13 at 105cm in recent storm snow
ECTN 14 at 90cm in recent storm snow
CT25PC at 70cm on the Dec 15 layer, but we didn't see any surface hoar
ECTN25 at 70cm

Jan 25 Pit 4: On Lipps, near the entrance to Spokane Creek valley, at 1,900 feet on a 22-degree slope with a South aspect we found 115cm total snow with these results:
CT12RP at 105cm within new storm snow.
ECTN3 at 105cm
CT20 RP at 90cm
ECTN12 at 90cm within storm snow
ECTP23 at 35cm in advanced dry facets

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