Monday, November 8, 2010

Turnagain: November 6-7

Just a quick update on snow conditions at Turnagain.

As of Sunday afternoon. there was 24" in the meadow near the Tincan pull-out. I dug 3 pits on Tincan at 2,000', 2,200', and 2,900'. Depth ranged from 60" to 65". Snow was generally heavy and wet with conditions improving dramatically above 2,500'.

On Saturday I got a CT20-Q3 at 2' down. I couldn't get this (or any other) layer to fail on Sunday. Despite varying densities in the snowpack, the snow from last week appears to be acting as a cohesive slab. There is 3-5" of old snow at ground level. This snow has gone through some melt / freeze and is cohesive. The new snow bonded well to this layer.

There were some sloughs on steeper rollovers from snow that fell early Saturday. Terrain features such as roll overs and small drops that will be buried later in the season exist everywhere.

It looks like full on winter up high, but beware of numerous shark fins lurking just below the surface.

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