Punta Bardini 3-16-18 before 2:30 pm

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Punta Bardini
Submission Info
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:45pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 28.6524" N, 118° 57' 47.9088" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Left the trailhead at 10:30 AM with a trace of new snow. HN24 at 9,000 feet around 11:30 was ~5cm. At the 9,000-9,400 foot level storm slab from earlier this week Tues/Wed was well bonded to old MF Crusts, fist hard snow produced Q3 results in simple hand shear tests on N-NW aspects. 

Cross loading from SW wind even in relatively protected terrain was evident from top of the Tele Bowl to Summit, on E-NE micro terrain features and larger rolls.  Wind slabs formed yesterday and last night were generally 1-4F hard and 10-20 cm thick in the 9,000-9,500 foot band. They were up to 40 cm above 9,500ft in more open terrain and more widespread, existing on NW-N-NE aspects. Kick turns on test slope produced cracking and via ski cut we intentionally released one R1 D1.5 wind slab with 20-40 cm crown spanning ~40 ft and running ~200ft on N 40 degree convexity at 9,700ft. (Photo of partial crown attached)

HN24 at near summit at 1:45 was 20cm and snow fall rates were in the S1+ range and seamingly only increasing. 

We never dug to inspect how the new water weight was effecting the deeply burried persistent facets though relatively little new snow had fallen during our tour. No large collapses were experienced to indicated this problem reactivating yet.

Snowpack photos: 
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