Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge to 2700'

Route & General Observations

Skied up around snowmachine up-track to ridge between Main bowl and Mama’s bowl. Dug on Repeat Offender

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Warm in upper elevations 30Fs
Cold at the truck 8F

Snow surface

Wind crust/wind slab/sastrugi
Soft settled faceted snow
Exposed rimed surface hoar
Exposed rime crust


Consistently 1-1.5 meters of snow.
Faceting due to cold clear weather
New surface hoar disappears around 1500'
Did not find evidence of moisture in surface snow due to temperatures. Checked out a wind lip in the sun with a vertical face. Was not showing signs of melting on area that would have most direct sun.
Dug one pit on Repeat Offender, 2500', HS: 130, E aspect. 24 degrees. Buried surface hoar 25 cm below surface. Mostly 1F hardness throughout snowpack with exception of BSH and a slightly less stiff 1F- layer at 35 below surface (small facets, not remarkably different from surrounding snow but definite hardness difference and reactivity in CTs but not ECT.
Buried surface hoar CT 27 x 3, ECT N 24
Small facets. CT 15 x2, ECTX

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