Treasure Lakes

Location Name: 
Treasure Lakes Basin

Drainage:

Observer Type: 
Volunteer Observer
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Date And Time: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 1:00pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Location: 
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured from snowline on South Lake Road into the Treasure Lakes basin today. We intended to ski off of Mt. Johnson but retreated due to poor visibility. 

South Lake TH was approx. 30 minute skin from where we parked below Parchers Resort. Summer trail had thin snow cover immediately above the lake but coverage improved quickly. 

The ceiling was in and out of the Treasure Lakes basin throughout the morning and the clouds finally settled in the South Fork drainage around 1:00 p.m. Snowfall intensity increased from periodic showers (S-1) to steady snow (S1) by 2:00 p.m. Winds were North throughout the day. Calm to Light in the a.m. increasing to Moderate in the afternoon.

3-4" light new snow below treeline. 6-10" new snow above treeline. Beneath new snow was primarily a firm old snow surface (MfCr and old wind pack). 

We observed several recent D1 Loose Dry avalanches on North aspects in very steep terrain, especially beneath rockbands and originating in small coloirs.

Active light snow transport by North winds above treeline.  

Great powder skiing on North aspects with very little wind effect.

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
North
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour

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