Punta Bardini - Old Growth

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Punta Bardini - Old Growth
Submission Info
Forecaster
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 1:30pm
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 24.0624" N, 118° 57' 51.3072" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Route:  Propane tanks up Old growth to summit, back down, thru telebowls.  

-Both TeleBowls ripped out huge during heavy rain/storm event yesterday or last night.  See seperate avalache observation for details.

-Snow pack was wet underneigth top few inches of new snow from this morning to the ground below ~8900'.  Above this, snow pack was moist to ground up past atleast 9,300' (see attached pit - 190cm total depth).  5cm thick raincrust at surface from lastnight/yesterday at the summit ~10,100', where new snow has blown off and not stuck.

-Pit dug to ground at 9,300', northerly aspect.  See attached profile.  Of note, snow was moist to the ground, and almost entirely isothermic (0 deg throughout except for a portion in middle with was -0.5- -1.0deg C, and very surface).  Stability tests (CT and ECT) did not show any concerning results (rough fractures with moderate to hard force, no propagation in ECTs).  

-No woomphing, no cracking, or other signs of instability (remember, Punta Bardini is mostly fairly sheltered and relatively low elevation).  

-Skiing/riding conditions very good above 8,900'! (3-5" nice fresh powder ontop of suportable moist snow).  Below 8,900', rain crust seemed to be more distinct and breakable, requiring a little more light-footed-ness.  Below 8,500', even less new soft surface snow, and more punchy rain crust.       

*photo credit: Ken Etzel

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Light snowfall, below freezing airtemps.  Light swirly wind with moderate SW gusts at ridgetop.   

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