Mammoth Rock - Snow Depth and quick profile

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Mammoth Rock
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Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 1:30pm
Mammoth Rock Bowl 37° 36' 56.538" N, 118° 59' 28.6908" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

The snowcover was highly variable in depth and surface condition.  I hesitate to say any sliding on snow is 'bad', but the conditions were pretty bad with a lot of hazards underneath the snow.  If you are going to tour in this area bring your old equipment since there are a lot of shallowly buried rocks, stumps and vegetation.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
AIARE 1 Students Exploring the Sherwin Ridge
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We ski toured up the road and out the summer mountain bike/hike trail to look at the terrain below Mammoth Rock.  At times we were skinning along with only 5-10cm of stiff wind board between our skis and the ground.  Thin and variable thickness of the snow covering the ground was evident.  The wind effect of the surface snow was hard to avoid.

Touring for the sake of it is fine in the Sherwins right now, but if you are looking for good snow then this is not the place.  Our plan is to tour in the Lakes Basin tomorrow and the expectation is similar riding conditions.  If you are looking for downhill skiing then Mammoth Mountain is probably your best bet.  

Fingers crossed for more snow soon!

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Relatively warm temperatures, but breeze contributed to it feeling colder.  It was not that comfortable to stand around in the shade this afternoon.  Gusts were up to strong winds at times with moderate snow transport with saltation along the surface.

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