Toured up Mt. Wood today and kept my brain turning. First off, weather came down a lot harder than predicted. Snow started coming down wet and hard at 10:40 am then quickly changed from light flurries to even graupel and back and forth the rest of the day. Thankfully the winds stayed very calm but found ourselves in a ping pong ball for a little bit there.
Digging in at 11,000 ft on a ENE aspect. Snow depth just over 200 cm. 15-20 cm of first hard, light, freshy new snow on top of almost 75 cm of well consolidated recent storm snow. Old/new snow interface 105 cm resting on pen+ hard crust, facets beneath. Originally thought I was looking at fist hard fresh snow on 75cm of 1 finger hard recent storm snow. CT test exposed a thin "fist hard" layer lurking @150cm - Q1 failure. Another, CT22 @165cm - Q2.
Surprised at how consolidated our recent snow was. Heavy sluffing off that layer, no red flags observed but certainly interesting. Found some blower powder most of the way down and of course, some sharks below.
Request for Public Comment
Review and comment on ESAC's preliminary application for the CA State Parks OHV Grant. More details here.