Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Toured above alder/treeline to 2000ft near the base of Sunburst ridge line.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Recent wind loading event.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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30F degrees in Sunburst parking lot.
Full cloud coverage with no wind.
Light snow fall.

Snow surface

1-2 inches of new snow covering a recent formation of wind slab. Variable snow surface conditions were present. Lower elevations below 1400ft had a thin MF crust. 1400-2000ft showed no signs of MF crust and little signs of wind slab formation, good powder. Above 2000ft wind slabs became evident and of variable depths and hardness.


Broken fractures occurred during ECT test at the same depths as SP fractures occurred during CT test. However there was no ECT propagation. During an un-official shovel shear of ECT column a fractured occurred at 135cm. Refer to Snow Pilot image for more details.

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