Lakes Basin Stability and Surface Conditions

Red Cone to Horseshoe Lake
Submission Info
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:30pm
Red Flags: 
Terrain Trap
Horseshoe Trees 37° 35' 59.9352" N, 119° 1' 22.2204" W
Snowpit Observations
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Looking across the terrain toward TJ Bowl, Hammil Bowl and Duck Pass the effects of the wind, sun and radiation were easily visible.  We generally have good snow surface textture around the Sierra, but right now is a pretty special time. On the skin up Red Cone we stopped and applied skin wax multiple times!  Sticky surface snow was present on all exposed portions of the the uptrack above Crystal Lake. When we dropped into the Bowl there was still some crust present that kept the sking from being great, but the tracks were not as firm as they could have been underneath.

Today we approached steeper terrain than an average day and felt good about stability overall.  In the most sheltered and northerly locations facetted surface snow was present and yielded pleasant skiing. That changed at around 9300 feet where it was like skiing mashed potatoes.  Does anyone else feel like it is too early for spring?

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
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Mild to warm temperatures prevailed today in the Lakes Basin with calm winds and maybe a Light gust.  In the morning you could still feel the colder temps as you skied from the sun into the shade along with the change in snow surface condition.  

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