Heavy wet snow on the South side of Mammoth Mountain

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Volunteer Observer
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:30pm
37° 37' 19.9344" N, 119° 1' 40.7856" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured on the south side of Mammoth Mountain hoping for corn, but got mashed potatoes instead.  It was quite warm with a calm to moderate SW wind with some thin clouds building by noon.  The snowpack on the south side between 9000' and 10,000' varied from bare earth to 35-40cm.  By 11am all solar surfaces consisted of a few cm of saturated snow, except for tree shaded patches that retained a 2-3cm barely supportable MF crust.  Ski penetration varied from 0 to 15cm, but was mostly ~5cm.  Probing and digging hand pits revealed wet grains all the way to the ground on S and SE.  The SE also featured a weak MF curst below the upper wet snow that broke with each step and would have likely made for treacherous skiing.  Just around the corner with a few degree change to SSE, that deeper breakable crust was gone.  Any farther around the compass to due S though would have been quite thin.  Skiing at noon, the SSE proved predictable, but still challenging with the heavy wet snow.  Once a ski sunk into the trench, it was difficult to change direction.  

We kicked off a few small pin wheels that gathered some snow before stopping, but nothing concerning.  

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