Observation: Turnagain

Location: Super Bowl

Route & General Observations

We headed up with hopes of skiing Goldpan, but stayed in Superbowl as winds ramped up and visibility deteriorated in the afternoon. We saw active loading along ridgelines, and we were easily able to trigger low-volume sluffs up high. We dug a pit at 2800′ before we got on the steep headwall and did not see any concerning layers in the upper 5′ of the snowpack.

We took a quick detour in the morning to swap out batteries in the beacon checker sign just out of the moto lot. She is back up and running!



Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Ongoing sluffing in the steeps. Visibility was poor, but it looked like a lot of the north-facing terrain on Cornbiscuit had sluffed over the past 24 hours.

Started seeing some short (5-10' long) shooting cracks where the wind was loading along the ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy skies in the morning, with mostly cloudy skies by around noon. Winds were blowing snow along the high ridgelines while we were driving up this morning, and ramped up during the day. No precip while we were out.

Snow surface

6-10" soft snow on top made for great surface conditions. Very little wind effect on the surface until winds started to ramp up in the afternoon.


We dug a pit on a west aspect at 2800' on our way up. Total snow depth was 250 cm deep, and there were no layers of concern in the upper 5' of the snowpack (ECTN16, ECTN24 on some storm interfaces from last week). The New Year's crust was buried about 3' deep, with a little over 2' of firm settled snow from last week's storms. New snow from the past few days was 6-10" deep.

It is looking like a strong setup as the next storm approaches, with the biggest concern being how the new snow will behave on the existing snow surface.

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