Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst pastoral

Route & General Observations

Sunburst ridge to pastoral.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Warm on the ridges, wind from the NE on Sunburst, then wind from the S in pastoral basis up to summit. Light snow transport in the pastoral basin.

Snow surface

Settled powder on N aspects, a shaded SW aspect had a dust on crust type feel to it. Many southern aspects had a solar crust but the wind and slightly cooler temps seemed to keep the surface cooler today.


Poked around a southern aspect at an elevation of 4,600 and found variable depths ranging over 200cm to windstripped and thin. A thin area by rocks had well developed basal facets that don't look to be rounding.

Dug a pit on a N aspect, 4,500, 15 degree slope, 70cm deep; CTV failed on basal facets, ECTX.