Mammoth Lakes Basin Snow Conditions

Red Cone Zone
Submission Info
Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:00pm
Red Cone Zone 37° 35' 48.5772" N, 119° 1' 24.9204" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We toured out of the Lakes Basin today.  We were watching the new snow from the past week settle and get an idea of the traffic our local tours have seen recently.  Parking has been an issue lately and at 9AM we parked at the small Twin Lakes parking area before the bridge.  No Parking signs were in evidence on the side of the road and warnings have been issued on windshields.

Touring up into the basin was pleasant and the trails weren't busy.  Only a few other people were out on the skintrack up to Red Cone.  The snow coverage was good the whole time, but a crust developed in the flat, open areas and slopes tipped southerly.  Even lower down the snow was fluffy and light on sheltered NE-N-NW Aspects.  

At 9360 Feet on a sheltered NNE Aspect the ski penetration was 20cm and the boot penetration was 40cm.  The surface form was newly fallen snow that was very light density, but the density increased with depth.

Snowpack photos: 
Getting some exercise in the backyard.  We are pretty lucky given the challenging times.
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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

I took two weather observations today.  1045 hrs  Calm winds and snowing lightly(S -1) in a sheltered NNE Aspect at 9360 feet, No Blowing snow was witnessed.  Broken(BKN) Sky with an Air Temp of -2.1degrees C.

1200 hrs NW Aspect at 10250 feet Light Winds from the NNE, Obsucred Sky, (S -1) Snowing Lightly, Air Temp -4.5 degrees C

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