Punta Bardini - Storm snow

Punta Bardini
Submission Info
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:00pm
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37° 36' 22.4712" N, 118° 57' 53.4708" W
Snowpit Observations
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-Standard route up from propane tanks up to summit, back down thru old growth, skier R telebowl.

-Snowing (S3, a bit over an inch an hour).  Calm winds on Punta, even at ridgetop at 10,100'.   

-About 40cm of new snow starting early this morning by 2:30pm.  

-Pit dug at 8,950', N aspect on rib between chutes and old growth.  Usually exposed spot to wind, but litle evidence of wind deposit form today.  See attached profile.  ECT tests consistently propagated just below very thin melt freeze crust that formed yesterday after snowfall ended yesterday morning.  Still moist snow below thick melt freeze crust prior to the past 2 days snowfall.

-Very little shooting cracks on tour.  However, 2nd hand report from party ahead of me: In a steep open area they experienced soft slab releasing about 25' above them, significant enough to shake them up a bit.  Skied across starting zones of chutes (which already had tracks crossing them): resulting in easy slough, but not slab failure.  

-Of note: Punta Bardini is a very sheltered location.  Reports from Sherwins near Mammoth rock at same time: widespread storm slab failures, including a report from a skier following a skin track that ended in a very recent slide path (~2ft crown, 50'+ wide).

-Needless to say, light fluffy blissful snow!  Plenty of fun on slopes <35deg.   

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
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