Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Common motorized up-track, hung out on the ridge for awhile, followed similar route down. Was watchful for signs of depth hoar, only had one instance of whumphing on the way down. No recent slides observed.

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

One instance of whumping on the way down, occurred during skier leapfrog. No cracking observed afterwards.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mid 20s at the parking lot, high to mid teens on the ridge top. Temperature started dropping off quick around 2:00. Intermittent valley fog/cloud cycles all day. Sunny up top.

Snow surface

Widespread surface hoar growth starting around treeline and up. 1-3 inches dry fresh on top a mild crust. Great snow for mid-November!


Variable 1-3 feet. Minimal rocks encountered, pretty good coverage!

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