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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst West and South Aspects

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Route & General Observations

General standard up-track on the northern ridge. Lots of wind effect on all aspects and elevations with higher elevations showing sastrugi and stiff windslab. Noticed a large crown face-like feature or a large wind lip on the south aspect mid-slope. Never was over on that side to get a closer look See photo.

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Forecaster Comments

Wind lip/crown feature is the old crown from the February 18/19 avalanche cycle

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Observer Comments

Occasional strong winds from the S - SE were loading N aspects all day.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear skies and sunny all day
Temps ~32F at the lot @11:30 and 35 @ 17:00
3200' - in the high teens most of the day
Sun seemed to have little effect on the snow surface due to the wind

Snow surface

Variable wind effect at all elevations. Lower elevations snow was dense but still soft although all surface conditions were getting more slabby throughout the day.
On west and SW aspects there was a stiff wind/sun crust with variable pockets of powder in the 3000' and up zone.

Snowpack

No formal pits done and a few hand pits did not show anything significant.

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