Support the forecast! Support the forecast!

Give to Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Info Center.

Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

Common up-track up Seattle Ridge for a look into the back bowls and any recent avalanche activity.

 

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Observer Comments

No red flags were seen today or avalanches triggered today from groups in the area. That said, we did not travel into areas that had high traffic and man old tracks. Many riders were sticking to low consequence terrain.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.
Weather

Sunny skies until around 1pm then high clouds began to filter in.
Temperatures were warm, upper 20'sF.
Winds were calm.

Snow surface

2-4" of light snow on the surface that was non wind affected. Wind effect is just below the 2-4" of light snow.

Snowpack

We dug one pit at 2,300' on a SE aspect just to the north of the up-track and Repeat Offender slide path. Snow depth was 5 feet. It was very difficult to find an area that did not have old snowed over snowmachine tracks in it. We did not get propagating failures in the pit. This area had seen prior wind scouring/effect.
Two ECT tests: ECTN 28 and 29 down 12" on a hardness change

The snowpack structure in general is quite poor with faceted snow 16" to 2' below the surface.

Photos & Video
Please upload photos below. Maximum of 5 megabytes per image. Click here for help on resizing images. If you are having trouble uploading please email images separately to staff.