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Location (general area)
Road conditions to area
few clouds (up to 2/8)
Moderate (17-25mph Small trees sway/ flags stretched)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Sunrise tour on Tuesday 1-31 following the Sun-Mon storm cycle. Approx 15-20cm of cold, low density (for socal) fell total above 7000ft (likely more above 8500'), mostly on a surface of firm melt/freeze crust. Temp was 15F at 7k at 0700, colder as I went higher. Temps are in the high 20s at 6400' as of 12pm Tuesday.
E-NE winds were blowing steadily as I reached a N-S ridgeline, where sastrugi (see photo) and snow transport was evident. Turns down the adjacent 30deg W-NW slope were as enjoyable as anything this year. Snow was soft, cold, and right side up; did not scrape or hit bottom once. However, small pockets shallow wind slabs were forming on the lee side of the ridge (see photo), but did not propagate beyond my ski tips. I suspect higher elevation and more wind loaded areas will be of greater concern.
Coverage is looking pretty good at the moment, and it will be interesting to see how the projected dry spell affects the current snowpack in the days ahead.
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