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Location (general area)
Mt Baldy / West Baldy
Road conditions to area
clear (no clouds)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Parked at Manker Flats at 10:30am on Thursday, February 7th. No wind, clear skies, and cold temps!
Used the bootback on the trail to the ski hut, then put on skins to ascend the shoulder. As temps rose at 12:00, a cloud covered the peak for 30 minutes and cooled everything off, then clear skies again.
At the top of the shoulder, I broke off the trail and summited West Baldy. Probed the Mt Baldy / West Baldy Saddle on SE aspect at 9,500ft. 120cm snow depth.
The descent was firm snow up top, followed by a few cm of soft snow on a hard supportable base. The shoulder of Baldy Bowl held the best snow - boot top powder. The remainder of the descent from the ski hut was completely skiable for an adventurer. Logs/rocks/schrubs were completely covered. 2ft of snow on the fire road at 6,700ft. Skied all the way back to the car!
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