Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Toured up to Taylor Pass and then to the weather station. Skied down the ridge part way then the lower angle slopes N of Taylor Pass.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Valley fog in the morning then mostly sunny with calm winds.

Snow surface

1-3 cm crust up to 2000, thicker at lower elevations. Soft snow above that with some wind affected surfaces mixed in.


We dug pits at 2800 on a W aspect and 3700 on a SW aspect. The 1/10 and 1/18 buried surface hoar layers were in all of our pits. We only had propagation in our extended column test on the 1/10 BSH in 1 pit out of 4. We did a propagation saw test on the facets over the Thanksgiving crust and got propagation along the column with a fairly long cut length (50/145 end).

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