Bishop Bowl

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Bishop Bowl
Submission Info
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:15am
Bishop Bowl 37° 14' 30.606" N, 118° 37' 57.1368" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

From parking at 8400 feet, toured to top of Bishop Bowl (~12,000 ft).  Light surface hoar seen at start of tour.  No cracking or whumping noted throughout tour. At start (8am) of tour we noted some banners from peaks to the north, with the wind out of the northwest.  By the time we reached the "summit" (11am) winds were calm, no snow banners noted.

Snow stability and conditions were similar to those reported yesterday by observers.  We dug number hand shear pits on open, low angle northeast facing slopes.  In general, these showed 20 cm deep, fist hard snow over a firmer layer.  This firmer layer varied from 1 cm ice to 1 finger hardness and was generally well bonded to snow above.  Of note was a 5-10 cm thick wind crust (surface) on east facing slopes, near the ridge top at 11600 ft.  Under this slab is loose, poorly bonded snow.  Quick tests showed this surface layer to be easily reactive upon isolation. Temperature at 12,000 ft was -5 degree Celcius at 11am.

Variable, crusty skiing up high, followed by some very good turns back to the car.

 

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northwest

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