Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Great sunny Saturday at Turnagain with lots of folks enjoying just enough snow to ski or board! Our party did a couple laps on Sunburst and hit very few rocks despite the thin snow cover; however, we did glide over a bunch of heather and vegetation…

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No signs of snowpack instability. There were some shallow wet loose avalanches on the East face of Seattle Ridge (either from early today or more likely, Friday).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny with a few clouds. Winds were cranking from the North and plumes seen on Seattle Ridge, Penguin Ridge and Portage Valley. The East side of Turnagain Pass was relatively spared - calm wind with light Southerly gusts on Sunburst.

Snow surface

8-14" of soft settled powder!


See pit in photos. Thin snow cover, 1-2' total snow depth. Bottom of pack is 2-4" of older snow under 8-14"; of settled snow from the Nov 5th storm. No result in an ECT pit test at 3,000'. Pack appeared to be settled out and bonded well from the Nov 5th storm - good stability.

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