Punta Bardini - storm slabs settling, windy

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
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Forecaster
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 5:45pm
37° 36' 21.6756" N, 118° 57' 53.6256" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Evening tour from propane tanks up to summit of Punta at 10,000', back down thru old growth and telebowl. (The bushes are finally completely covered on the approach!)

-Overall storm snow seems to be settling well, despite having more dense layers over softer layers.  Many hand pits in areas with firmer wind deposits had very variable results, from not planar at all, to fairly planar, but requiring medium to hard force to pop.  Dug pit at 9300' in sheletered N facing area.  See attached profile.  220cm total snow depth, no propagating failures with ECT test.  

-VERY windy at 4:30pm across low elevation flats, lots of visible wind transport over sourounding peaks, sherwins. (see attached video of wind over sherwins pre-sunset).  Above freezing, very wet soggy snow at trailhead at 4:30.  At 7pm, snow had re-frozen and was supportable crust down low, and winds were decreasing.    

-Very variable snow from supportable and breakable wind board around ridge between old growth and chutes, to soft boot top skinning.  Boot penetration crotch deep in many places.  

-Around tree wells above 9000', very soft deep snow, could be hard to get out if one were to fall near a tree.  

-Skiers Left Telebowl slid fairly big during storm yesterday, crown was blown in, but debris down low in small trees was substantial.  R3-D3.  

-Snow was moistening below 8600' on north facing slopes, and re-freezing into breakable crust by 7pm.  Above this elevation soft wintery good consistent skiing away from ridge.

 

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