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Location (general area)
Road conditions to area
Well plowed but closed at the Y.
clear (no clouds)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
14 inches fresh to hard crust
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Pinos got fresh overnight powder, about 8 inches at bottom, reportedly 2 feet at top.
First snowgate was closed. Kern Road Dept. reportedly plowing for an opening, but did not open by 2 pm after we returned from skiing Signature Bowl, the east-facing bowl at the east end of Pinos ridge.
Last storm left a bombproof rain crust under the recent powder. Dug a pit at around 7,000 feet--14 inches of powder on top of the crust. Skiing Signature Bowl showed no instability.
A word about road conditions on Pinos. The Kern County Road Dept. has a webpage about closures. Cuddy Valley Road is the one which goes to the top. Their reporting may be a little late, especially when conditions are changing. If you drive up to a snow gate that was supposed to be open, it doesn't hurt to tell them--they try to keep up with it.
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