Punta Bardini - New snow, no winds, sensitive sloughing!

Punta Bardini
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Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:15pm
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37° 36' 26.136" N, 118° 57' 48.312" W
Snowpit Observations
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Toured up Punta Bardini late this afternoon hunting for storm snow instabilities.  Most concerning thing was very sensitive sloughing conditions in steep terrain - see attached video of a slough running from a small side-slip at the top of one of the Bardini chutes. Enough slough would easily be triggered skiing that if it wasn't managed carefully or if a tip got caught on something, it could sweep a rider into trees and potential end up with a burial. Nothing resembling a storm slab or wind slab could be found anywhere, even along the top ridge and summit.  Calm winds everywhere except for the very summit where a light NW breeze could be felt.  Very right-side up well bonded new snow, 50cm up high above 9200', and more like 20cm around 8200'.  In many areas there was a 1-2cm thin melt-freeze crust below the new snow, with a 5-10cm layer of 4 finger hard loose faceted grains underneigth that could be quite concerning if a substantial slab of snow was ontop of it (See attached video at 9200' on a northerly facing slope).  It could become more concerning as the storm snow settles and more snow falls, or if/when/where a denser wind deposit sits ontop of it.   Keep this layer in mind!                 

-Quick spot check at 9000' = 105cm total snow depth with 40cm new snow.  

Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Snowing all afternoon, up to 1" an hour for a brief period.  -4°C at 9000' @5pm.  

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