Observation type - Snowpack
Observer - Jeff Sanders
Keep me anonymous if published - no
Location (general area) - Buckhorn/Angeles Forest
Date (yyyymmdd) - 20140308
Time - 7-9 am
Road conditions to area - clear
Temperature - 40
Sky - clear (no clouds)
Wind speed - Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction - not observed
Wind direction in degrees
Slope aspect - North
Aspect in degrees
Slope angle - 25-35
Elevation - 6700-7200
Snow depth - 4-8"
Boot/ Ski penetration - none
Precipitation - none
Activity, recent avalanches - No
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing - no
Rapid warming - yes
Obvious avalanche path - no
Terrain trap - no
The rapid warming really did not start until I was down. 9am
Light winds at lower protected elevation, fairly high wind up on ridge from the approx the NE.
Very consistent hard granular surface and sub surface.
Boots made minimal tracks on the surface.
Skis made minimal tracks on the decent, able to hold a good edge when needed.
A few small areas with good corn in the sun.
These conditions were what was left from the 12" of wet snow last weekend that some friends rode in the same area.
Publish this observation - Yes I would like this observation Published