Packed powder on Dunderberg

East Dunderberg Peak
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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
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38° 4' 15.7404" N, 119° 14' 40.164" W
Snowpit Observations
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Dug pit before descending--six inches of packed powder followed by very hard succession of melt-freeze crusts.

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Toured up from lower east apron of Dunderberg to the easternmost spur of the ridge. The apron was hard crust, but packed powder of 6 to 12 inches depth was encountered through the trees above and north of the apron to the spur. Bonded well to very hard melt-freeze below it. Skiing at 30-35 degrees did not break it loose.

Weather clouded up during the day, light snow, good skiing until the lower apron, which was crusted ice. I expect sun and warmth will turn the powder to mashed potatoes and the crust, eventually, to corn.

Began the day intending to ski Horse Creek by Twin Lakes. An employee at Mono Village reported that the area has had much recent attention from backcountry skiers, although it's a two-mile hike upcanyon before you encounter skiable snow. Opted for Virginia, where you can ski from your car.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
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Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour

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