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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

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Route & General Observations

Traveled main skin track to access Sunburst. Veered north at 1600ft elevation to access untracked W facing 20 degree slopes near tree line. HS averaged 50cm with new snow totals measuring between 2-3″ (6-8cm). New storm snow was loose and unconsolidated, and it fell on a snowpack made up entirely of weak (fist hard) facet layers. There is still a visual trace of the Nov 16th buried surface hoar down 40cm from the snow surface. Tests had no results, CTN and ECTX.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.
Weather

Broken skies, light South wind, no blowing snow, no precip

Snow surface

Loose, unconsolidated new storm snow, averaging 2"-3" or 6cm-8cm

Snowpack

Loose storm snow overlying a shallow snowpack of made up of facets, over facets, and more facets. HS 50cm
CTN, ECTX