Aspect Exploration - Fresno Bowl

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Fresno Bowl
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Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 12:15pm
Fresno Bowl 37° 37' 48.1512" N, 119° 2' 11.4" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today we toured off the backside of Mammoth Mountain into Fresno Bowl in order to see if we could find soft snow either from sun softening or some protected spots where more snow from yesterday had accumulated nicely.  The deepest pockets of new snow may have approached 1.5 cm's, and it was definitely not blanketing the entirety of the terrain and was only found in protected areas or depressions in the old surface snow.   On a Southwest aspect a little before noon from 10,800' to 9,800' the snow had yet to become softened by the sun, but was at least predictable and supportable.  For 200' below this as we skied onto a WNW aspect, we were able to find a good pocket of protected cold snow that skied quite nicely.  At about 1PM we found the best ski conditions of the day on a Southeast aspect from 10,000' to 9,600' that can be described as corn with a mix of the trace of the new snow from yesterday.  Big smiles at the bottom and folks were whooping as we skied, which was a good change of pace considering how its been.  We saw no signs of instability today, however I do speculate that if we had gotten into steeper solar terrain, the potential for small loose wet avalanches could have been there.  At 9650' on a South aspect the HS was 100cm and on a NW aspect it was 200cm at the same elevation 20 yards away.  At 10,160' on a SW aspect boot pen was 10cm and ski pen was 1cm.  In this location we found several MF crusts, one 1cm down, another at 10cm and another at 80cm's.  HS was 110 cm in this particular location.  

Snowpack photos: 
Different snow textures
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Today was a very pleasant day in the mountains.  Temperatures were above freezing for our whole tour, but it never felt very hot.  There were a few clouds in the west and northwest, but it remained bluebird in our vicinity.  The lowest air temperature I observed today was 1C at 11:30 at the top of Mammoth Mountain and the highest was 7C at 9,790' on a southeast aspect.  Winds remained light and out of the SW all day.  

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