Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan trees up to 2300 feet

Route & General Observations

Standard route from parking lot to treeline @ 2300′. Very wet conditions down low, improving with elevation. Trail breaking pretty bad below 1900′. Skiing below 1700′ was not that much fun – wet cement with a rain crust. Not sure what will happen to this snow once it freezes??

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Except for seeing some old debris on the drive, didn't see and of the obvious signs of instability.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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1000' @10:45 - 35 degrees light snow and rain no wind
2300' @ noon - low 30's light snow 10 -15 mph wind
2300' @ 15:00 - Low 30's light to moderate snow winds 10-15 mph

Snow surface

1000' up to ~1900' wet saturated snow with a rain crust under 2"-3" of new snow; rain runnels. Ski penetration up to 30 cm.
Above 1900' the crust starts to disappear. Wet dense snow with 2"-3" on new snow on top. Ski penetration 10 to 20 cm.


Did half a dozen hand pits and found failures mostly at the interface of the New Years Eve storm snow and the new wet snow. Did not do any pits close to 2300' but found the pre NYE crust still intact at 2100'. Newer snow seemed to be bonding to the crust, was not seeing the surface hoar half of the hand pits I dug.