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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

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Route & General Observations

Traveled along the base of Seattle Ridge and then midway up the up-track with a reporter/writer who is writing a book about snow! We viewed the slowly opening glide crack to the looker’s left of the up-track and took a look at the near surface facets that are forming due to the persistent cold and clear weather.

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Observer Comments

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Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Beautiful sunny skies. Calm winds. Temperatures around 12F at parking lot and 20F at 2,000'.

Snow surface

A mix of sun crust and soft near surface facets. It seems the SE face of Seattle Ridge sports a thin sun crust in places. We staying in sheltered zones that had been only slightly wind affected from last week's wind event.

Snowpack

We dug a quick pit to look at the near surface facets and sun crust. The sun crust, on the surface, was very thin (2-5mm) and easily breakable, a zipper crust some may call it. The near surface facets were advanced, 1-2mm and striated.

Pit: 2,000', SE aspect, HS 200cm, CT 11 and ECTN 14 down 30cm on facets under a harder faceted layer.

Glide cracks: The glide crack on Seattle Ridge that is just to the looker's left of the up-track (photo below) is slowly growing along with others in less traveled areas North of the up-track. There are other glide crack on the Southerly aspects of Eddies ridge.

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