Chicken Wing - Conditions

Chicken Wing
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm
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37° 45' 22.3164" N, 119° 2' 12.2424" W
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Toured up Chicken Wing to see new snow totals from a few days ago and see how things fared with the NE winds.  Nothing too remarkable.  Barely a couple cms of new snow, and no noteable wind deposits anywhere.  Coverage is still holding suprisingly strong, with a deteriorating breakable melt-freeze crust at the surface up to ~8700' on northerly aspects, above which exists more of a zipper crust that's easily skied thru. Facets still dominate the shallow but stable snowpack (see attached profile from a northerly aspect at 9700').  Skinning up the existing skin tracks (there are many) was tricky in steeper sections, and easier to break new trail where things weren't so firm and slick.  Sunnier aspects showed some thin surface melt, the flat groomed track at 8000' stayed hard and frozen even on the exit ski ~2pm.  Decent skiing if you can avoid all the previous tracks :-)

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Weather Observations
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Scattered thin high clouds, cold temps, and calm to light winds at the summit.  -2.5°C at 1:30 @ 9300'.

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