Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst - and Road Observations

Route & General Observations

Quick tour up to Sunburst to take a look at how the storm snow is bonding. Also looking at how the underlying weak layers are holding up.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Avalanche on the Seattle Ridgeline seen from Sunburst - slide noted in other observations from today 1/14/18.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly sunny. Temperatures around 32F at 1,000' and the upper 20'sF at 3,000'. Winds were light from the East.

Snow surface

Wind affected powder... wind crust over soft snow above treeline, made for challenging skiing.


Above 1,600': 15-20" of new snow from the Jan 10-13th storm cycles. Bonding between the new/old snow surface seems to be occurring - good sign. However, the buried surface hoar from New Year's is still reacting - see video. This is concern moving forward.

Below 1,600': a thin crust sits over moist to wet snow from the warm rain/wet snow the past several days.

Photos & Video
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