Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Rode up to Seattle ridge and did a loop from Triangle bowl to Warm up bowl via Seattle Creek. We dug two pits and did not find concerning results in either one.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny with valley fog. Light winds where we were, but we could see active wind loading as NW winds picked up. Temperatures were probably in the teens.

Snow surface

The amount of new snow from yesterday's storm was really variable. In areas that saw strong winds during the storm there was only 2-4" of soft snow on the surface. In sheltered areas there was closer to 8-10" of new snow. On steep south facing terrain we saw some small wet loose avalanches and the snow felt a little warmer/denser.


We dug two pits and found no concerning results. One was in Triangle bowl at 2500' on a NW aspect and one above Main bowl at 2700' on an E aspect. We had moderate failures in the new snow (ECTN 5) and on shallowly buried wind hardened snow (ECTN 13) all within the top 30-40cm of the snowpack.

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