Observation: Turnagain

Location: Pete's North

Route & General Observations

Skied up to about 2300′ on Pete’s North. Had high hopes of getting a bit higher but we stayed down in the trees to try to find some snow that hadn’t gotten hit by the winds. Lots of signs of wind effect above 2500′ driving through the pass. Coverage is still a bit thin on the approach. It takes some motivation to navigate the alders on the way in…

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Short shooting cracks between 2000 and 2300' on fresh wind slabs.

Fresh natural activity up Lynx Creek and on the SE face of Silvertip (See photos).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps in the teens with moderate winds out of the south. Mostly clear skies all day.

Snow surface

Variable. 6-10" soft snow in sheltered areas below treeline, fresh punchy wind slabs at and above treeline. Looks like last night's storm dropped some graupel. Small surface hoar in valley bottoms.


Probed around 2300', finding about 200 cm total snow depth, Halloween crust at about a meter, and the facet layer from 90 -100 cm. We stuck at and below treeline to avoid fresh wind slabs.

Thin coverage at lower elevation made travel a little difficult up to around 1500'.

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