Bishop Bowl snow conditions

Lower Bishop Bowl
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Volunteer Observer
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:30am
Bishop Bowl 37° 14' 33.612" N, 118° 36' 53.028" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Thursday, 2/7/19, skied into lower Bishop Bowl from Bishop Park Campground up to 10,600'.  The the coverage on the moraine improved a lot from the 2/2-2/5 storm, but still collapeses into underlying shrubs where the coverage is thin. The lower bowl (9,300-10,600') showed a little wind effect from the 2/6 north wind with some wind slab near the ridge, but for the most part the snow was good soft boot-top skiing.  The upper part of the bowl appeared to be more wind effected, with a lot of cross loading on the steeper upper bowl.  No blowing snow, winds were calm in the morning with a light southwest wind picking up in the afternoon. Air temp. at 10,600' at 1300hrs = -2.5 C.

A quick pit on the lower part of the slope (see map): total snow depth 214 cm, slope 22 degrees, NE aspect.  Dug to about 120 cm to get to the interface between the early January storm layer and the recent storm (at about 100 cm).  CTM 11@170 BRK, CTH 22 @ 155 PC, CTH 29 @ 135 PC. Gross stratigraphy was three layer: soft/hollow at bottom ~20 cm, tough Jan storm layer ~20-100 cm, softer (F+) recent storm layer ~100-200 cm.

Very good skiing throughout.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
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