Red Cone - New snow and winds

Red Cone Bowl
Submission Info
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 35' 44.2968" N, 119° 1' 37.0056" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Evening tour up to Rd Cone Bowl from Tamarack (8600' - 10,400').  Snowing pretty good initially, probably close to 1"/hr right around 4, then intensity tappered off.  Moderate to strong SW winds at all elevations in exposed areas (click here for video), trees remained farily sheltered.  1.5-2ft tall snowdrifts across x-country trails near lakes, some 2-3' shooting cracks and easy small cornice failures on edge of trail on small steep slope near base of Sherwins (8700').  3-5" of new snow in sheltered trees by 5pm between 9,000'-10,000'.  Some new modest cornice growth on North face of Red Cone, stomping led to some failures and isolated 6-8" deep pockets of deposit sloughing out below, but not propogating across slope here at least, but I would think in other nearby areas along crest that wind slab failures would propogate across slopes more and be concerning.  Ski cut along the top of most of the north bowl without result, mainly 6" or so of fairly unconsolidated snow on firm windboard.  Moderate SW winds at summit with occasional strong gust, quite cold feeling at 5:30 with air temp of -7°C (19°F).  Visibility was very poor, so didn't ski the bowl.  No signs of concerning storm slab in sheltered trees, stomping on steep convexities had no result.  Delightful skiing back down thru the trees thru unwind-effected bouncy pow.           

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