Earthquake Dome - Snow structure

Earthquake dome - Northerly slope
Submission Info
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 4:15pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path
37° 39' 57.222" N, 118° 59' 52.3572" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

A late afternoon jaunt up earthquake dome to check out coverage and snowpack in this relatively sheltered treed environment.  Snowpack was very right-side-up and supportable with skis on, not so much with boots.  Snow depth ranged from 2ft down low at 8300' to 3.5ft at 9300'.  See attached snow profile.  CT tests failed on the ground, but I feel this was predominantly due to the sandy smooth ground at the pit location.  Anchors across the slopes I feel wouldn't allow for larger scale failures.  CT tests also failed easily with Q3 character in the upper 10-15cm of fresh light snow.  Quite active sloughing while skiing the steeps requiring some slough awareness and management.   Many obstacles to be wary of just below the snow surface, but quite perfect supportabe pow ... if there were only 2-3 feet more base I'd feel much more comfortable opening it up.  Still, quite great skiing considering 5 days ago the slopes were dry and bare!       

With lots of talk of this much warmer denser storm, our worries of an upside-down snowpack developing, atleast in this area, were unfounded. The very light Thanksgiving storm snow has settled, and this storm's snow came in lighter than that settled snow.  Up higher however where winds were transporting snow, I imagine some dangerous dense wind slabs could be found and are growing.    

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Calm winds and snowing, up to 2-3cm an hour at times.  

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