Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

Route & General Observations

Seattle Ridge up-track to 3000′, rode in Main Bowl (1st Bowl) and traveled towards Little Sweden. Had a good look around the Seattle Creek terrain.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Small skier triggered cornice fall
Fanning roller balls on S-SE slopes, a sign that the sun is affecting the snow and warm air temps
Small pockets of wind slab

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy progressing to mostly clear and sunny
Light NE winds
Temps in the mid-20s to 30s, there was a temperature spike @ Seattle Ridge wx station up to 32 @ 4 pm

Snow surface

1000'-1500' rain crust with 1-6" of settled snow
1500'-3000' 6"-3' of settled storm snow, wind drifted on the ridge. Snow changed in the afternoon with the rising temperature and the sun.


Observed a lot of slope testing today with all signs pointing to a mostly stable snowpack with the exceptions of cornice hazard, glides and the transition to sun affecting the snow.
Generally good surface conditions moving into the new storm cycle. It is time to start paying attention to the sun (when we actually see it) and when and where sun crusts start to form.
***We received a report from observers in the Skookum area about natural (sun/temp) wet loose avalanches and soft slabs (D2s).

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