Bishop Creek - South Lake Conditions

South Lake
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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:45pm
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming
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Gilbert/Johnson 37° 8' 11.7564" N, 118° 35' 12.048" W
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Toured today from the South Lake closure up to 12150' below an unnamed high point between Johnson and Gilbert.  Last night gave everything up there a good freeze, but the day warmed quickly as soon as the sun came over the mountains and we were kicking rollerballs off the skinner by 0900.  South Lake seemed well frozen still and insulated for now by a thin layer of new snow.  Below about 10k, corn dominates, with much transitional snow and almost-corn above that.  Above 11k, N aspects held at least some cold powder over MF snow, and above 11600' or so, 4-6" of powder was dominant in the N-facing drainage we traveled through, with some thin MF crusts in areas that got a bit more solar input.  We saw one recent slide (n-facing, D1, point release from rocks maybe during the storm), and much recent rollerball activity, but didn't see any new activity before we got back to the car at 1330.  Skiing was in nice consistent powder up high, then some transitional mank at mid elevations, then soft corn down low.  Beautiful bluebird day with a intermittent moderate SW wind above 11k that was causing some saltation.

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