Observation: Turnagain

Location: Taylor Pass to Pastoral

Route & General Observations

November 30, 2014

Up Taylor Pass to Pastoral

Temps between mid teens and low 20s
Light NW winds
Dense fog below 3000ft and clear skies above
No precipitation

Obvious Signs of Instability
Recent Avalanches – Several skier triggered D1 loose dry sluffs on steep South and North aspects
Shooting Cracks – No

Surface Obs
1000ft – 2″ inches of new snow from Saturday on Nov.18 crust
2000ft – 6″ – 8″ of new snow combined with settled Nov.20 -22 snow on Nov.18 crust
3000ft – 6″ – 8″ of new snow with 4″ pockets of wind slab sitting on Nov.18 crust
4000ft – 4200ft – 6″ -10″ ski penetration

Snow Below the Surface
Above 4000ft – Nov.18 rain crust was not present. At 4200ft probed a variety of places and snow depth
varied between 135cm (4.5ft) – 175cm (5.5ft)

Pit @ 4200ft – 165cm total snow depth on a NNW aspect, 34* slope, wind skin surface (<1cm thick)
Dug 1 meter deep. ECTN20Q3 – 20cm, failed under shovel blade 20cm from the surface on density change
4 finger hardness to 1 finger hardness. Did not find a weak layer or rain crust in the first meter of snow.
The snowpack had good structure with little energy and only a slight weakness between a new/old snow

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