Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

We rode Seattle Ridge today, heading south along the ridge and down Triangle Bowl towards the Headwall, with a quick poke into Warmup Bowl on our way back. We saw a handful of avalanches that had released during the 11/29-30 storm, but nothing that had released since the snow stopped falling. We dug a pit on a west aspect at about 2800′ and did not see anything concerning in the pit. Main concerns for the day were fresh wind slabs just below the ridgelines. It’s still early in the season so we had an assessment mindset today, but things are really starting to fill in!


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Skies were partly cloudy, with some periods that were pretty flat light, but plenty of sunshine during the day. Winds were light with the occasional northerly breeze. Temps were in the low 20's F. It really felt like the best kind of winter weather you could ask for.

Snow surface

Crusty at road level to almost bottomless in the back bowls. The highest terrain has been hit hard by the winds, but just off the ridge things were surprisingly protected.


We dug in a wind-protected area on a west-facing slope at 2800'. We found 7 feet of snow on the ground, with the Thanksgiving crust buried 4 feet deep. There were no concerning layers in the upper snowpack, and the new snow seems to be bonding well to that Thanksgiving crust for now. That said, crust layers can't really be trusted, and it's something we will be watching closely in the days and weeks to come.

More snowpack info in attached photos.

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