Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the usual up track from the Sunburst lot to the ridge at 3260’. From the parking lot to the ridge there was a supportable crust around an inch thick, still frozen at noon, and covered in facets. Once we gained the ridge there was cold dry powder on the northerly side. After lunch and a quick pit, we worked our way down the ridge line making turns in cold pow while looking for a run down the north side. We had a nice run. Beware the terrain trap at the bottom of the north side of Sunburst ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies, no new snow, light wind, warm sun but cool air temp.

Snow surface

Sun crust with facets on solar aspects. Dry powder on north aspects. Crust becoming breakable around tree line. Crust was warmed by the end of our tour mid afternoon.


Location: 60.7642651, -149.187332
Elevation: 3260’
Aspect: 350 N
Slope: 37 degrees
Ski/boot pen: 25/45cm
HS 185cm
Surface Precip particles and facets 2mm
160 F
135 4F
100 1F

ECTN25, 20 cm down from surface on new, old snow interface