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Location (general area)
Jean Peak (i.e., the peak next to San Jacinto)
Road conditions to area
clear (no clouds)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
We arrived at the top of the tram around 9AM. The approach to the bottom of Jean, which got quite a bit of sun, was a glopfest and slowed travel down significantly...skin wax would have been a good idea. Surface conditions varied wildly from cold powder, supportable crusts, to mank—all dependent on solar input. It seemed like the San Jacinto zone's upper elevations scored 1-2 feet of new snow from last week's storm.
Once we got the the bottom of Jean (~10,000), travel became much easier, albeit still quite a bit of work breaking trail—not used to breaking trail in 2 feet of powder in SoCal! We topped out around 1PM, and the air felt chilly (probably low thirties) and calm.
We spun a few laps in the trees and enjoyed some of the better snow quality I've experienced in SoCal. No signs of instability in the NE trees — we stomped on a few convexities and pulled a hand shear with no results. The 'pack seemed right-side up. I wouldn't be surprised if steeper, solar aspects were a different story, but we didn't see any loose wet activity on the neighboring SE face of San Jacinto.
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