Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst Wx Station

Route & General Observations

Toured up to Sunburst Wx station (3800′) via Taylor Pass. Observed many parties in the area, riding all aspects. Spotted a recent cornice fall in Hippie Bowl. Did not observe any other recent (post storm activity until receiving a report about the Lipps slide (see separate observation). Wx station anemometer is working again!

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Minor sluffing of surface snow

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny
Temps in the mid teens
Light Westerly winds

Snow surface

1000'-1800' Rain crust with few cms of NSF and SH. Rain crust is supportable and gets thinner with elevation gain.
1800'-2000' Surface hoar on a micro melt freeze crust over 10-20 cms soft settled powder that is starting to facet
2000'-3800' Surface hoar over 20-30 cms of settled powder that is starting to facet.


Test slopes, hand pits and uphill/downhill travel showed no signs of instability.
The snowpack is very moist underneath the buried crust in the 1800-2000' zone.
Cold temperatures have increased the crust thickness in the low elevations and has started the faceting process in the surface snow from road to ridge lines.

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