Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lynx Drainage

Route & General Observations

Snowmachined into Lynx creek to check on snowpack and avalanche conditions.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Solar warming of snow surface.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny, warm, glorious. Temps in the upper 20's F. Calm winds.

Snow surface

4-6" of loose snow over a crust up to 2,100', around 2,200' the crust disappears and soft settled powder becomes softer as you gain elevation. There is wind effect scattered around the exposed ridgelines and wind crust and wind slabs intermixed with the soft snow.

Southerly aspects warmed enough by 1pm to become sticky, there was no sun crust seen from yesterday but there was some rollerballing from yesterday on steep south aspects.


We dug several hand pits and one test plus pit. Easy to stubborn shears on the hand pits were seen at the higher elevations around 1 foot down on a hardness change with large stellar crystals at the interface. In the pit, see photo, we found this same layer but it did not propagate, ECTN 18.

We saw several crowns and cornice falls that were 2-4 days old from the tail end of the storm. No new avalanches seen and minimal testing of slopes from other skiers/riders. We saw no persistent grain types in the top 1meter of pack where we dug.

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