Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lynx Ck Drainage

Route & General Observations

Rode into Lynx Cr Drainage to take a look at the glide avalanche activity and the pre-storm surface conditions.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None. We had our eyes out for changing conditions as a storm was just beginning to move in.

GLIDE avalanches... We saw over 20 glide cracks today on all aspects and elevations above 2,000'. Three of these have released over a week ago and we hope to document any additional releases in the future - so let us know if you see one! Photos below.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light snowfall and obscured skies
Wind calm in drainage
Temps in the teens

Snow surface

1" of new low-density snow at 2,000' by the afternoon.

*Concern is the old surface that sat under the cold/clear weather over the last 10 days. We found surface hoar (2-4mm) with a 10-15cm layer of near surface facets below. These weak layers are likely to inhibit bonding with any new snow that accumulates tonight/tomorrow. Below the facet layer is stiffer snow (1F hardness snow) that may act as a bed surface for future avalanche activity.


Total depth at 2,100' on northerly aspect was 160-130cm.
Pit, 14 degree slope, NW aspect, 2,100':
ECTN 21, 40cm down on a thin facet/buried surface hoar (2mm) layer. This layer also had CT's in the low 20's.
No other pit results.
Bottom of pack was 10-15cm of moist facets with 25-30cm of crust/strengthening facet combos above.

Photos & Video
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