Chicken Wing

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Chicken Wing
Submission Info
Forecaster
Monday, January 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Red Flags: 
37° 45' 21.69" N, 119° 2' 11.1696" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Route: From 395 up Glass Flow Rd, up NE slope of chicken wing, back down.

-Thin snow, but supportable and skiable!  6-8" down low (8,100'), up to 12-20" up high (9,600').  

-North exposed slope wind-effected with areas of firm windslab (no shooting cracks observed).

-NE slope more windsheltered, pit dug at 9,500' ENE facing, see attached profile.  Of note, rain crust 10cm down with some faceted snow underneigth (CT test failed under this crust with moderate force, Q1-2 result (in side of pit near shallow rocks), ECT test failed but did not propogate on this layer).  Also, bottom 20cm of snowpack well faceted and loose, but ECT test or CT test did not fail at all in this layer.  

-Moderate SW winds, no visible snow transport today.  No sensitive windslab found near ridgeline here (often this ridge does have small cornices and slab formation ... suprised not too find any today).  Windy in exposed areas (the flat rd in, trhe ridgetop and more the ridgy north slope), NE slope windsheltered.  

-Upper part of snowpack is faceting, good skiing/riding conditions, save for the shallowness and obstacles to be weary of.  

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Cold day!  -9 C (16 F).  

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