Observation: Turnagain

Location: Pastoral/Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Taylor pass to mellow lap on Pastoral shoulder and then a couple on Sunburst. Good stability. Few very small (snowboard length) isolated windslabs on small loaded convexities in the basin on north side of Pastoral. 2-6 inches deep. NW winds on Pastoral ridge (15 G25) and lots of new snow were quickly loading the SE face of Pastoral we had hoped to ski. No instabilities noted on Sunburst. Very minor sun effect by 4 pm.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weird bright thing in the sky all day. Calm except on Pastoral ridge.

Snow surface

Soft and surfy.


Did a couple hand shear tests on Pastoral side of Taylor pass. Found 2 layers of buried surface hoar, 15 and 40 cm down. Surprised it had survived the wind where it was located relative to Taylor pass. Cleanly sheared with easy to moderate force. Intentionally kicked off tiny wind slabs on loaded test slopes (W/NW). See pic.

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