Bishop Bowl, Paiute Crags. Snow Conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Paiute Crags
Submission Info
Forecaster
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:45pm
37° 14' 21.93" N, 118° 38' 11.2308" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up to just over 12000’ and toped out on bishop bowl this morning. We left the car at 945 am and surface conditions had already softened up quite a bit making skinning relatively easy.  We topped put at around 1230, the temperature was-2.6°c, winds were light out of the SE and the cloud cover was building.  We opted to descend a North facing couloir feature on the Paiute Crags. Surface conditions were predictable and enjoyable with ample evidence of recent near-surface faceting.   We observed old wind board that seemed to be breaking down, loose sugary snow as well as thin MF crusts above loose faceted snow.  This will be an important layer to keep in mind as more snow moves into the area this week. After climbing back to the top of the Paiute crags we opted to descend the SE gully feature down to North Lake.  Surface conditions were very different on this aspect.   Corn like snow made for a pleasant descent down to lake level at about 9000’. Some evidence of recent loose wet activity was observed in this gully though nothing over D1 in size.  No other signs of instability were noted on our tour today.   

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Accumulation rate: 
None
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