Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Toured up Sunburst, working our way through a melt freeze crust until above 1500’. As the crust disappeared we observed scattered wind balls, which from afar looked like debris. They appeared to have been deposited across the alder glades above tree-line, below alpine. Transitioned to skiing near 3000 ft with clear visibility and spots of sunshine. The snow was supportable and made for good skiing. Even the mf crust below the glades was supportable and made for an efficient descent.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Single digits, car read 5 degrees. 5kt wind at ridge top & mostly scattered skies trending to broken. No precip.

Snow surface

Melt freeze crust until 1500’ transitioning to settled, supportable snow.


Dug in on a W aspect at 2500’ next to sunburst up track. Found no results on an ECT but did get failure at CT12 approx 40cm down at what we determined was the old snow/ new snow interface.

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