Punta Bardini - Storm Snow

Punta Bardini - Old Growth
Submission Info
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 1:30pm
Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 28.9584" N, 118° 57' 48.8376" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Heavy dense snow up to 10,000'.  Somewhat upside-down, with 20cm thick Fist+ layer ontop of Fist layer.  About 70cm of new snow by 2pm at 9,000'.  See attached pit profile, and video of ECT results.    

-Handshears failing easily at subtle density changes within new snow.

-Some shooting cracks greater than 1m, only observed in steeper areas above 9,500'.  

-Impression: Heavy dense storm slabs, more stubborn to initiate, but likely much more dangerous than last weeks very light low density ultra-sensitive storm slabs/sloughs.  Areas with wind-deposited snow likely even more upside-down, and more concerning.      




Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
Weather Observations
More detailed information about the weather: 

-Snowing consistently all day, moderate to heavy.  Mostly calm winds below 9500' with occasioanl light gusts.  Moderate gusty winds above 9500'.  Relatively warm, a bit below freezing at 9300' at 1pm. 

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