Punta Bardini - New Snow

Punta Bardini
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Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 10:45am
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37° 36' 33.0768" N, 118° 57' 41.2344" W
Snowpit Observations
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Toured around Punta Bardini today, and found 2-4" of new snow from overnight ontop of soft snow from previous days.  Suprisingly little wind effect as well, even at the exposed summit ridge.  No shooting cracks, no signs of wind slab or storm slab, but moderate sloughing occuring while skiing steeper confined terrain (bardini chutte) - enough that could knock a skier off their feet if not managed well.  

Dug a pit at 9,300' on NNE facing slope in sheltered trees (see attached).  Between 85-115cm snow depth here.  The rain crust from Dec 15th is still evident, but continuing to decompose with signs of faceting underneigth.  CT tests failed with hard force just under the crust, but ECT test did not fail at all.  Very right-side-up snow pack showing little signs of instability.  

Limited visibility of sourounding mountains, so could not see if there was any recent avalanche activity, or signs of blowing snow in sourounding higher peaks.  Dead calm winds here today, even at exposed summit ridge.  -6.5°C at 9,800' at noon.

Stellar snow quality, beginning to scrape the bottom a bit below 8800'.  

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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