Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Common up-track from Sunburst parking lot. Breakable surface crust for the first 1000′ vert and then it starts to soften and disappears above 2700′. Still not a lot of snow depth for this time of year.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Blue skies earlier in the day to broken clouds in the afternoon. 25-30F temps. Slight easterly breeze in the morning to little to no wind in the afternoon.

Snow surface

Above 2800 was nice to dry loose snow. Sluffing was observed on slopes over 40 degrees


A quick pit at 2500' on the westerly aspect on a 33-degree slope
The top 10cm was new snow
The new day-after-Christmas-crust was between 10-20cm down
60cm down was the Thanksgiving crust. Rounded snow in between the two crust layers.
A Shovel Shear Test produced multi-failures upon isolation. One at 10cm down on the new rain crust and the other at 60cm down on the Thanksgiving crust.

Quick hand/pole pit at 3000' on the same aspect showed no crust layers present. This pit was easy to reach the ground with a total depth of about 115cm.

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