Mineret Vista Rd/Smugs Knob

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Minaret Vista Rd Vicinity
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Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Mineret Vista Rd 37° 38' 40.5708" N, 119° 3' 14.9796" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today we toured out the Mineret Vista Rd to a feature called Smugs in order to make observations on different aspects.  At 9100' on the road we saw moderate SW winds with strong gusts, no precip or blowing snow.  We found corn snow to be the predominant surface at this elevation.  At 9,350' on a SSE aspect of Smugs we saw moderate SW winds with strong gusts (2-3 gusts in the extreme range).  The sky throughout the day was a few clouds with no precip.  Air temp at 9350' was 5C, Ski Pen was 10cm and boot pen was 25cm.  I found a 2cm thick crust (see pic) at 21cm down and another 1cm crust down 40cm's.  Ski conditions on this SSE facing slope were a little beyond the prefered hour for good corn skiing, but would have been very good had we been there at an earlier hour of the day.  If looking for corn skiing on solar aspects, timing will be crucial if weather conditions remain like today.  When we toured around to a North facing aspect we found that in protected areas there was ~5cm of faceted snow on/near the surface that would be enjoyable to ski if presented with a continous slope of it.  

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
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Warmer and sunnier than expected today overall.

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