Panorama Dome - East Side

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Beside a rock ourtcrop in the forest along the closed section of Old Mammoth Road
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Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Panorama Dome 37° 37' 7.5468" N, 118° 59' 46.068" W
Snowpit Observations
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We toured up the road to look into the state of the snowpack after a cold snap with rumors of faceting happening on and near the surface of the snow.  The snow depth was thin and variable as much as the surface condition.  The soft skiable snow is starting to shrink in its scope to a narrow band between northeast and north aspects and will start to be sensitive to elevation soon if it hasn't already happened.  That being said we didnt see any signs of instability.  In fact there were tracks in quite steep and exposed terrain with very thin cover around Mammoth Rock.  Poop Chute and The Prow both got skied in about as thin conditions as possible.  The Prow was exited via a very exposed traverse above unsupported terrain.  Bold and base destroying on both lines!!

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
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It was a very mild day out there today and the surface snow condition was changing before our eyes.  Much and hopefully all of the surface hoar that was on the surface was laying down and decomposing.  Another day like today and it should be gone at least at lower elevations.  Right below a crust lying 17 or so cm under the surface of the snow was another story with 2mm facets that showed some signs of weakness in bonding tests, but lacked the cohesiveness of a slab above to make them a concern.  Let's wait until the next storm to see what happens. 

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