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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge - Uptrack

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Route & General Observations

We took a quick look at the Repeat Offender slide path near the motorized up-track. This was after a great avalanche rescue workshop in the parking lot this morning – thank you to all the folks that attended!!

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Observer Comments

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Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Light snowfall all day, temperatures in the mid-teens and light Southerly winds along the Pass

Snow surface

5-7" of new low density snow. Winds have distributed the snow along Seattle Ridge and we found areas where soft wind slabs were up to 10" thick.

Snowpack

Our main concern today was how much new snow fell and how well was it bonding to the old snow surface. Where the winds had not affected the new snow, there was not a slab to be concerned about, just loose snow sluffs on very steep slopes. Where the wind had formed soft wind slabs, there were moderate shears and it felt a bit stubborn. This was in only one location and I'd be suspect that in the upper elevations, fresh wind slabs could be thicker and much more touchy.

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