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Feb 13, 2010, Sunburst - Turnagain Pass, AK
« on: 02/16/10, 06:54 PM »

First bluebird day after a recent storm cycle dropped 4' - 8' at higher elevations and rain at sea level.  On approach to the pass saw 3 clear dangers on NW aspect at treeline ...


photo courtesy of CNFAIC 

This made me re-think my objective and I headed down to the southern end of the pass which had less activity and reportedly less impact from the storm.  Sunburst SE Face ...


Appealing, dug a pit and only the overnight snow seem to be reactive.  I continued on up and straight-lined the face for a classic Sunburst descent. 


Note: Photo above taken on 01/30/2010

The clouds were moving in signaling the start of the next storm cycle and flattened the light so I decided to ride out to the parking lot.  Decisions will be easy this week as another set of storms are set to roll in all week producing tons of snow up high and heavy rain at sea level.  Viva El Nino and Arctic Oscillation

Spatial variability has been discussed a lot this season up here and unfortunately it reared it's head on this day as 2 snowmachiners were caught about 8 miles NE of here in lower elevation moderate terrain most likely on a deeper instability layer. 
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