Red Mountain

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Red Mountain
Submission Info
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:30pm
Red Mountain
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Started at standard parking at 7100 feet.  -6F air temp at 0900, clear skies. No wind in parking lot but noted snow transport along upper elevation ridgeline (10,600 -11,000 ft). Moderate winds from NW, becoming more W by mid day with some wind loading on N-NE slopes throughout the day.

No cracking, whumping or recent avalanche activity noted during this tour. Surface hoar noted in parking lot, with larger crystals noted in sheltered spots around 7200 ft. Ski penetration during tour 30 cm. Surface snow soft and light to about 10,300 ft. Above this elevation, snow became increasingly wind affected, with some hollow wind board in more exposed locations. No melting observed on any aspect today and air temp stayed well below freezing all day.

Skinned to 11,000ft and descended NE facing treed slopes and low angle gully back to car. Very good skiing throughout, with good coverage except on SE facing slopes above the main avi path. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northwest

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