Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Common Sunburst ridge up and down track.

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Red Flags
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Observer Comments


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast skies with light East winds on the ridge. Temps in the upper 20's F. On drive back light rain was falling from Center Ridge to Portage - at portage to Girdwood moderate rain...

Snow surface

Below 1,500' breakable crust over moist snow.
Above 1,500', soft settled moist powder over varying degrees of wind packed snow. Sheltered areas harbor ~8" of loose soft snow where wind effected areas only 3" soft snow and stiffer snow below.


The snowpack is generally stable. We dug on the North side today to check on the thinner North slopes. Snow depths here are anywhere between 8" and 80" - give or take. We dug in a spot around 3' deep with hard snow over old snow. We had no results although there were facets near the ground (these are hard and strong). All good signs for stability.

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