Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Flats - on the motorized side

Route & General Observations

Quick storm day ride north from the moto lot along the flats/powerline in the trees. High point was around 1,400′.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Storm Day! No visibility, trucks stuck on the road, and 16" of new moist snow so far in the parking lots...
Moderate snowfall midday, seemed to be a little break in precip before the next round heads in.
Temps in the low 30'sF and winds were gusting from the north through the Pass into the 20'smph.

Snow turned to rain around 500' and below.

Snow surface

16" of new moist snow - fairly low density.


Due to no visibility, stormy weather and dangerous avalanche conditions, we stayed well away from avalanche terrain and only saw the snowpack in the lower trees, up to around 1,400'. The 16" of new snow was sticking fairly well on the old crust that existed before the snowfall in the lower elevations. However, it is safe to assume that natural storm snow avalanches (storm slabs, wind slabs, cornice falls, and sluffs) were all occurring in the higher elevations.

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