Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Tincan to Common Bowl

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Only a few areas with supportable hollow sounding snow, but it was in low angle terrain.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps: Single digits (F)
Wind: Calm
Sky: Sunny, no cloud cover
Precip: None

Snow surface

1000' - 1500': 3" low density snow on hard crust. Skin track is hardpack with icy patches.
1500- 2000' - 4" low density snow on hard crust
2000' - 3400' Variable surface conditions, Pockets of 4-6" new snow on firm base, pockets of firm wind hardened snow, scoured areas with sastrugi and anti tracks visible.


Moderate Westerly winds from the last three days have left many ridges scoured with Sastrugi and anti-tracks, above 2000'. Many gullies and steep rollovers looked cross loaded, especially on Seattle Ridge. There were also areas with pockets of low density powder below ridgelines that did not have much wind affect (good skiing!) We did not venture onto Northern or Eastern aspects at higher elevations where there's more potential for wind slabs. There were a few places where winds left stiff pockets of wind hardened hollow sounding snow, but they were on low angle terrain. Overall stability seemed pretty good in Common Bowl and there were a handful of tracks in Hippy Bowl.

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