Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Tincan up to 3,400’. On South aspects we investigated surface conditions; on West and North aspects we looked under the surface.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No obvious signs

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies at 1pm
Clouds moved in by 230pm with very light flurries - no accumulation
Trace of new snow from early this morning
Mild temps in the low 30s F in the Alpine

Snow surface

1,000’-2,000’ - trace of new snow on a thick melt freeze layer that melted slightly by 5pm
2,000-3,400’ - South - 3-6” of MF grains mainly in the melt phase just under the trace of new snow
- North - 3-6” of soft settled snow on the surface. 2” MF layer below 2,500’ under trace of new snow
Rollerballs observed on steep terrain on all aspects. Most seemed at least a day old.


We dug in 3 locations today and found no remarkable results or major snowpack issues. It is important to note that all pits were dug in areas with a thick snowpack, in the 180-250cm range.

1. W aspect - 2,800’ - Height of Snow (HS) = 250cm
2. N aspect - 3,400’ - HS=180cm
3. N aspect - 2,800’ - HS=200cm

If I were to hang my assessment hat on only these pits I would be kidding myself. We have pockets in the forecast area that harbor a layer of weak snow 2-3’ down. Those pockets exist mainly on aspects with a Northerly component. Continued assessment and caution is advised for steep North facing terrain.

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