Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Quick ride up the common uptrack and down into the Seattle Ck drainage to check on conditions. Several glide cracks and some fairly recent glide avalanches were seen. Other than the whole snowpack slowly gliding down the slopes, there were no other signs of instability. Folks have put tracks on all types of steep terrain with no signs of triggering avalanches.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny and cold! -5 at the parking lot and around 15F along the ridge.
Almost no wind, a slight west breeze every once in a while on the ridge.

Snow surface

Variable snow surface.
Soft sugary (faceting) snow in sheltered areas. The old wind crusts are starting to soften with the cold clear weather.
Wind crusts and scoured areas make up most the higher elevations. However, some of this old wind affected snow is softening as well.
Surface hoar up to 2 inches in size found in creek bottoms and much smaller (2-6ish mm) on the ridge.


Although we did not dig a formal pit, we did cut around 4' deep into the snowpack and only found progressively harder snow with no easy shears. We could not find anything concerning in the pack.

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