Bishop Bowl snow conditions

Lower Bishop Bowl
Submission Info
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:45pm
10,600 ridge in Lower Bishop Bowl 37° 14' 19.8204" N, 118° 37' 9.9048" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

2019-02-11, skied from Aspendell up to the ridge at 10,600' in Bishop Bowl.  Snow coverage on the moraine is steadily improving with each storm and it is now quite skiable, but the pack is still thin - arond 1 m where it isn't wind loaded, so there are still lots of places that feel hollow and occasional collapses into the underlying brush.  Also, with the low temperatures there is some near-surface faceting underneath surface crusts and in shrub hollows.  Snow in the lower bowl was slightly wind affected, and hand pits sheared with moderate effort on shallow planar surfaces (wind depo?).  The last few hundred feet to the ridge were wind cut and firm (see photo) with near-surface faceting beneath the wind crust. 

Winds at the 10,600' ridge were calm with some light westerly gusts, no snow moving where we were but there was some snow moving on the ridges above.  Air temp at 10,600' @ 1200 hrs was -4.8 C. Sky was cloudless.  Good skiing top to bottom.

Snowpack photos: 
sastrugi in Bishop Bowl
Weather Observations
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