Observation: Turnagain

Location: Spokane Creek

Route & General Observations

We left the Bertha creek parking lot around 10:00am with the intention of finding some awesome north facing pow towards the end of the creek. We found a lot of somewhat cohesive hot pow over varying crusts. We dug a test pit below our intended line at the end of the valley, and ultimately didn’t ski the run.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy in the morning, trending to mostly clear by early afternoon. It felt quite warm when the sun came out.

Snow surface

The snow surfaces varied from light snow over a crust in the morning at lower elevations, and hot powder at upper elevations, even on north aspects. We dug several hand pits on the way up Spokane Creek and found cohesive soft slabs, tending to break on a buried crust.


We dug a pit near the line we intended to ski near the end of Spokane Creek on a North facing aspect at around 3400 ft. We did two extended column tests with ECTP13 and ECTP14 results. The block propagated about 45 cm down on a thin crust with buried surface hoar. We chose not to ski the line.

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