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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass and Portage Valley

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Route & General Observations

High Avalanche Danger
Road observations through Turnagain Pass and Portage Valley

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Recent avalanches on Sunburst, Tincan, off of Seattle Ridge and possibly above the Seattle Ridge uptrack. Roller balls on Petes South. Visibility wasn't great. Flat light. Avalanche cycle was less widespread than expected but some evidence of crowns may have blown back in or some slopes may not quite have reached the tipping point. That is the spooky part with a buried persistent layer, definitely guilty until proven innocent.

Some channelized paths along highway and across the Turnagain Arm had fresh debris in them.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Light rain showers on and off
Calm
37 F Turnagain
40 F Portage

Snow surface

At 1000': saturated snow.
rain/snow line looked to be approximately 1100-1200'

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