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Author Topic: January 12, 2019, Snoqualmie Pass  (Read 692 times)
Charlie Hagedorn

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January 12, 2019, Snoqualmie Pass
« on: 01/12/19, 04:34 PM »

With a couple of extra hours after a WAC Backcountry Class function, I took the camera for a walk right at the pass proper.

Ski quality mostly poor; the only exception was on open and shady slopes.

Quite a bit of 4-10mm surface hoar, intact at the end of the day on even some shallow west slopes.

Visibility was good. No slabs were apparent through the eyepiece, but plenty of solar slide activity.  Tree-driven pinwheels on roadcuts within the Nordic trails were quite cool and reached at least 70cm in diameter.

Inversion returned to the pass around 4pm, easterly flow. Sun broke through around 11 at the WAC cabin.

Edit: Photos added.

Multiple parties (perpetually) are still using an inadvisable approach to Granite Mountain, even when an existing track avoids the main chute.  Makes me sad every time I see it. Sad. There was a similar track visible on 12/31/18.

The fuzzy photo? That red dot is a person, probably a snowboarder, dropping the Rollen Cliff, seen from 2.6 miles away. The fuzziness is due, in part, to the atmosphere, perhaps the temperature-inversion.

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