Roller Balls and Sizzling in East Chute, Pointless Pk

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Pointless Peak East Chute
Submission Info
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
Pointless Peak, East Chute 37° 27' 30.4812" N, 118° 45' 16.29" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Left Rock Creek pack station at 0630, sunny with temps in upper 30's and no breeze, easy skinning on corn for half a mile into the large east chute of Pointless Peak. Switched to booting up in crampons due to softness of snow with ski pen 2-10cm; boot pen 5-40cm for entirety of chute. Climbing old avy debris (approx a week) made for better footing. At approx 11400', encountered sizzling frozen venier, mostly on northern side of chute. Hollow sounds and footing over convexities with knee-deep penetration (40cm) lead me to climbing the rock formations on southern edge of chute and by-passing small cornice at top-out at 12,100'. Drop-in at noon with temps easily 50 deg, skied through venier for approx 1000' that created sheets of sliding "glass" about 1-2" deep and 12" wide. Fist-size roller balls for the rest of the descent, but the corn was wonderful. In all actuality, my choice to climb and ski the chute on this day was a poor one due to temps and my slow pace. 

Weather Observations
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
More detailed information about the weather: 

Sunny with no breeze. Temps reached 50 before noon.

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