Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Sun-baked/refrozen conditions on South and West aspects at the road slowly transitioned to decent
snow as we climbed the from the road. After crossing the cornice and continuing up the ridge we
encountered a firm somewhat reactive wind slab weakly supported by a sugary faceted layer. We
saw some thin sections of this same layer on the more southerly leeward aspect of the cornice.
Given the layer’s minimal thickness today, this was not of much concern. However today’s warmth
and continued crust generation combined with possible increasing winds and wind-transported snow
onto the main southwesterly face of the slope could become something to watch during the coming
week on the steeper rollovers.