Earthquake Dome - Snowpack

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Earthquake Dome - NE slopes
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Forecaster
Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:00am
37° 39' 57.5676" N, 118° 59' 46.1184" W
Snowpit Observations
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Toured up Earthquake Dome from the scenic loop today (thanks Pow-Surfers for breaking trail!).  Shallow snowpack with plenty of obstacles, beautiful blue sky day for touring, slow and cautious on the way down.  Snowdepth varied from 6-8" up to 30" (15-60cm) for the most part.  Boot penetration was consistently to the ground, but was supportable for skis and boards (keep those tips up!)  The concerning basal facet layer was very thin at the lowest elevations (~8300'), and 20cm thick at upper elevations (~9000').  Test resuts consistently failed in the facet layer.  Ones I did failed just above the ground, the Pow-Surfer's CT test failed at the top of the facet layer (CT16 - ~8800', NE facing slope).  See attached pics.  The mid-facet ice layer was still discernable if you looked hard for it, but is almost all faceted away.  

This is a crappy continental-type snowpack with these basal facets from the November storm.  I'd be especially concerned with a steep slope with smooth ground under the snow without many anchors to help support it.   

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Weather Observations
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Not a cloud in the sky, chilly if you werern't in the sun.  Calm winds with occasional light gusts from the NE.  

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