Chicken Wing - Ice crusts, winds

Chicken Wing
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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
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37° 45' 23.4864" N, 119° 2' 11.2632" W
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Toured Chicken Wing this late afternoon.  Periods of snow showers, about 1/2" an hour at times.  Moderate N winds blowing at the ridgeline at ~9500', blowing in the skin track from earlier that day in many places.  Some small thin dinnerplating on leeward rolls just below ridgeline.  Would suspect some steeper areas with the right orientation could have developed some healthy fresh windslab pockets this afternoon at treeline and above.

Dug a couple of pits, both on sheltered NE aspects, checking on buried ice/rain crusts.  

-First pit at 9,350' actually did not have buried crust at all, so this elevation seems to have been above the rain-line here.  Total snow depth was deep, at 375cm.  Top 15cm Fist over 10cm of 4finger ontop of 1finger to 1 finger plus down to 90cm.  ECTN23 25cm down.  

-Second pit at 8,770' did indeed have 2 distinct rain/ice crusts.  CT tests produced no failures, snow not weakening around crusts ... atleast not yet!  See attached profile and photo.

More new snow than expeceted here, soft un-wind-effected boot-top bottomless feel :-)   

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Cold!  Temps in the Low teens in late afternoon.  

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