NE Dunderberg snow conditions

Dunderberg NE slopes
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Monday, January 20, 2020 - 10:45am
Snowpit Observations
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Toured up the NE slopes of Dunderberg today. VA Lakes Rd has not been plowed since last storm but was easily drivable with SUV. Did a couple hand pits below treeline at approx 9900' on NE aspect. Approx 30cm of new snow on top of a melt-freeze crust. Consistently found the new snow to pull out with easy force approx 15 cm down at an apparent density change in the new snow. Also could separate the next 15cm of new snow from the MF crust with easy force. While the snow separated easily (and cleanly on the MF) the overlying new snow was not super cohesive and crumbled. Didn't look closely below the MF.

Saw moderate to considerable wind transport below and near treeline with W winds that also swirled and occasionally came from the S or even E. Lots of snow devils too. Found some small wind deposits ranging from pretty soft to very hard that had localized cracking and some dinner plating (up to 15cm thick).

Skiing was a bit scary with thin cover but enjoyable. Saw considerable wind transport up VA Lakes and above treeline, but Josh F's group had a much better perspective than us.

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