Observation: Turnagain

Location: Spokane Creek

Route & General Observations

Toured up Spokane Creek and skied into the bowl between Pete’s S and Pete’s N. We were pleasantly surprised by the dry surface conditions on northern aspects above 2000′.

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Observer Comments

We saw a few small wet loose avalanches release on east and south aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny with a few high elevation clouds. Warm temps, especially in the afternoon and in the sun. Calm winds.

Snow surface

There was a very supportable roughly 6" thick crust below 1500' that softened to corn skiing in the afternoon. Above 2000' the snow surface was very aspect dependent. With breakable or supportable crusts on everything except north aspects. North aspects had roughly 3-6" of dry and loose snow with some surface faceting and a layer of 2-3 mm surface hoar at upper elevations.


We did not dig any formal snowpits today. Our snowpack assessment was mostly based on monitoring the surface crust conditions, looking for rollerballs and wet avalanches, and checking for lingering wind slabs at upper elevations.

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