Observation: Turnagain

Location: Repeat offender-Seattle ridge

Route & General Observations

DOT snow stake lot to Seattle ridge via common snowmachine uptrack.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No obvious red flags.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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36F at 900'
25F at 2900'
Winds light from the SE, snowing lightly above ~1500'. Raining lightly below.

Snow surface

900' - 1500': Moist, breakable crust.
1500' - 2900': 1-4" dense powder (consistent) on top of a supportable crust. Some wind scouring and a rime crust above about 2700' and toward the ridge.


We set out to get some early season indicators of snowpack structure on the repeat offender avalanche path. Generally we found a moist snowpack that is drying out with elevation gained. The Thanksgiving rain crust is present and seems to be fairly widespread to about 2500' with 1-4" of new snow sticking well to it. Above 2500' we found a stout rime crust, again with 1-4" of dense new snow. We found a layer of facets at the ground in both pits, again drying out with elevation.

Pit#1 @ 2500' HS 70cm
-ECTP15 in mid pack.

Pit #2 @ 2900'. HS 70cm
-ECTP11,15 at the ground (facets)

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