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Location (general area)
San Bernardino Mountains
Road conditions to area
Clear with patchy ice
0° c / 32°F
Overcast (sky covered)
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
Skin from car with 10 - 20m at start 7:30am
Several quick pits along the way showed varying depths of consolidating recent snow on a 1 to 2" ice crust at the base
at 8,300'/ we found 6" of recent snow (consolidating powder on a rain crust of 1.5". This was on the older snow from Christmas eve to the thin ice layer at the ground. All bonding at consolidation well where we investigated. The snow pack appeared to be isothermic.
Later investigation at 9,846 confirmed our suspicions of an isothermal snow pack. Also the rain crust had disappeared at this elevation. Only consolidating powder on the ice crust near the ground.
Snow was soft the entire day. Warm temperatures and club cover in the afternoon was causing the lower elevation snow to become wet. This will lead to refreezing as will the rain that was moving in that night.
Our stability test was CTN no reaction
Snow pack varied in depth above 7,500' on Northerly aspects from 16" to 3'. still had to watch for shallow rocks and tree stumps. Probably the last day of good soft snow below 9,000'.
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