Fresno Bowl Obs

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Backside of Mammoth Mountain
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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 3:00pm
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Fresno Bowl 37° 37' 39.7668" N, 119° 2' 24.1512" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today I toured with my day 3 AIARE 1 students off of Mammoth Mountain onto solar aspects on the backside.  We skied a short run on a south aspect aiming towards McLead Lake and then toured back up for another short run in Fresno Bowl on a SW Aspect.  We found a shmorgishborg of snow textures as we toured through the terrain today ranging from widespread sastrugi above ~10,300', psuedo corn on south facing aspects below 10,200' down to about 9,700', a mix of crusts, moist snow and facets as we moved through different aspects across the terrain and textured snow with a thin zipper crust in Fresno Bowl on a SW aspect.  

Snowpack photos: 
Sliding quality
Surface texture
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
North
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

At 11:00AM on top of Mammoth Mountain, the winds were strong out of the North.  Shortly after that as we skied down leeward slopes, the winds became light and generally out of the north, but occasionally winds would shift due to terrain influences.  It remained cooler than expected throughout the day today, never warming much above freezing.  The cooler temps combined with the light breeze helped keep the snow surfaces from ever fully softening where we were.  

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