Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Normal sunburst uptrack to 3200′. We deviated off the skin track to dig a pit just above treeline at 1600′.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and cold with light winds at 5-10 mph out of the SW on the ridge line portion of the skin track.

Snow surface

Settled powder below 2200' with a slight wind crust above. Crust was thicker along the ridge line and not very noticeable on the descent.


We dug a pit at 1600' on a W aspect. The total snow height was ~140 cm. We found the layer of facets buried 105 cm down above a thick melt freeze crust from the halloween storm. We had no results on that layer in our extended column test. However, we got propagation (ECTP 18) in a layer of decomposing stellars buried 45 cm down.

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