Punta Bardini -Storm snow, stability

Punta Bardini - Old Growth
Submission Info
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:00am
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37° 36' 22.2876" N, 118° 57' 53.01" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Route: From parking lot at propane tanks, up standard route, down Old Growth and skier R telebowl.  

-Parking lot at propane tanks (7,800'): 8:30am and 1:15pm: Super wet slush, pools of water, see attached photo.  1:15pm temp = 34deg F.

-7,800' to 8,100': Heavy dense wet snow.

-8,100' to 8,500': 5-8" of new Dense snow, but becoming drier quickly with elevation, skiing actually not bad.

-8,500' to 10,000':  Light dry surface snow, up to 1-1.5ft of new ontop of wet saturated snow from yesterday and before.  See attached profile done at 9,400'.  Stable profile in this sheltered location.  Very right-side-up upper snow, and wet moist snow below fairly solid.  CTs resulted in mostly Q3 results, with one Q2 result 85cm down with 30 taps.  Air temp 11am: -2deg C.  

-No shooting cracks anywhere, no fracturing even on steep rolls stomping on snow above skin-track.  

-Hand pits throughout sheltered area resulted in no fractures, just crumbling soft snow.  Skinned up with small switchbacks up rib between chutes and Old Growth where there is usually wind-effected snow.  No wind effected snow today here!  The snow was very unconsolidated.   

-At ridgetop ~9,900', where light SW wind was present with occasional moderate gusts, isolated areas of slightly denser (Fist +) wind deposited snow was present.  Hand pits failed with moderately easy force cleanly ~15 - 25cm down.  Gave the clue that more widely wind-effected areas would be much more concerning.  

-Reports from another experienced party that we encountered who skied the Bardini Chutes:  Suprisingly un-wind-effected snow.  Extensive heavy sloughing, and some isolated crowns, 4-6" of very soft slab, one of which propagated ~50ft.  Snow from these sloughs/soft slabs ran entire length of chutes, with moderate amounts pilling up on the uphill side of trees, and they were suprised how much debris filled the lower parts of chutes.  They believed that main chute may have slid naturally (likely from steep head-wall area) within the previous few hours due to the amount of debris in the lower parts of chute, although they didn't see crown.  Sounded like if someone had gotten caught in their slough and fallen above a tree, they could have gotten buried.  

-Suprisingly great skiing thru Old Growth, light fluff.  Became denser in the Tele-bowls below 8,500'.    

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
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: 

Light snow falling throughout day, 1-2cm per hour at highest rate.  Calm winds, except for some light SW gusts at ridgetop.  Above freezing at 7,800' at 1pm.  -2deg C at 9,400' at 11am.

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