Punta Bardini

Punta Bardini - Chutes
Submission Info
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 3:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 32.8716" N, 118° 57' 45.1224" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up Punta Bardini to summit ridge, back down across tops of chutes.  Pit dug in old growth, see attached profile.  Obvious melt-freeze crust that formed the morning before this past storm really began (1/29) was 55cm down.  Obvious transisiton in new storm snow from light low density to dense heavier snow underneigth.  Interestingly, compression tests and ECT tests did not fail along this transition, but ski tests / cuts along top of steeper terrain (chutes) revealed that this interface was very sensitive, and avalanches were easily triggered at this interface.  See avalanche observation for videos and more information about these.  Shooting cracks 3-7ft long occured in convex areas.  No evidence of wind today.      

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Snowing all day, cold, dry, calm winds.

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