Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lynx Creek

Route & General Observations

Rode up Lynx Creek and up towards Captain Chair in the first large open meadow. Stopped to dig a pit around 1900′ and found a 8-10″ thick icy crust underneath 6″ of settled new snow from the past few days. Overall the snowpack was very strong at low elevations because that thick ice crust layer is frozen. Due to visibility we weren’t able to ride up higher.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light to moderate new snow with warm temps in the low 30s F and calm winds in Lynx Creek.

Snow surface

There was a breakable melt freeze crust on the surface with a trace of new snow on top and 4-6" of soft dry snow underneath.


We did not dig a formal snowpit because we found an 8-10" thick ice crust buried about 6" deep. This layer is adding so much strength to the snowpack at low elevations right now that it didn't make sense to dig a pit at low elevations.

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