Mammoth Area- Minaret Vista- snow conditions

Minaret vista
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Friday, December 25, 2020 - 11:00am
37° 38' 47.7528" N, 119° 3' 10.2564" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Headed back up to the Minaret Vista, wasn’t going to spend Christmas skiing on rocks, breakable crust or gravel, needed something relatively hazard free to wrap up the holiday. It was a full on headwind walking up the road with increasing scud of cloud building over the Minarets and Mammoth mountain around 11am today.

Winds definitely fit into the extreme category (40-50mph+)and were coming from the SW. Temperatures were hovering just below freezing throughout midday at 9500ft. Dug a snow pit on a direct east aspect within sheltered trees at 9400ft and found strengthening snow with no propagating results with block tests. The once faceted snow at the base of the thin 70cm snowpack in this area is rounding and becoming compressed under the settlement of the December snow. Settlement was evident throughout the area and did not experience any other signs of instability in this little zone. Observations right now can be so different depending on where you are right now, the snowpack is just so variable depending on elevation and terrain features, so take it with a grain of salt when I find stable conditions in one place and another observation 30 miles away and 1000’ higher finds sketchy snow. Shows the importance of checking out the area you are in for yourself, it could be much different than another spot somebody else visited and told you about.


Snow pit @ 9451ft, 72E Aspect, 33deg slope

HS: 75cm

Bottom 30cm of snowpack, rounding facets of 4F to 1F in hardness.

CT29 Q2 22cm at hardness change between 1F above to P below


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