Almost blue bird (a few upper elevation and low hanging clouds) with 2-3′ of
right side up powder above 1,500′. Light ridgetop winds from the northeast.
Temps in the teens. What more could you ask for?
Signs of instability:
-Sluffing in the loose unconsolidated powder was fairly easy in steep terrain
(40 degrees and over).
-Very small (4-6″ x 20′ wide) wind slabs on a few ridges that saw a bit of wind
Very limited and localized cracking on a few ridges and no collapsing.
1-2′ powder atop a crust below 1,500′.
2-3+’ powder above 1,500′. All snow found was right side up with little wind damage.
Lingering wind slabs and large sluffs were our main concerns. Wind slabs were
very shallow and hard to find. Sluffs were small to medium. Secondary concern
was the Mid-elevation buried crust that harbors a thin layer of weak snow on
top. It’s now buried 2-6′ deep and still no avalanches in the Turnagain area
have run on this crust to the best of our knowledge.