Mount Dana

Submission Info
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 3:30pm
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On 12/3 we approached the east shoulder of mount dana from poole power plant road. V bowl and the surrounding terrain was very thin and adventurous untill about 9000 feet where more snow had fallen. I would not reccomend this approach to a friend until more snow has fallen at lower elevations. We observed light wind loading at ridge height (12,000 ft) for the majority of the day. The snow was mostly unaffected by the wind until we were about 200 feet below ridge height when we found a wind slab beginning to form. The slab was firm but broke up under the weight of skis quite easily, we did not perform any tests on this slab but it was unreactive to kick turns in 25-30 degree terrain. All the snow below this elevation was soft powder of high quality. Some members of our group were able to pick a good line and ski back to the car, others were engulfed by the forrest of doom and had to walk back to the car.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 

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