Red Mountain snow conditions

Red Mountain
Submission Info
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:45pm
37° 32' 51.882" N, 118° 43' 47.2296" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

As we traveled up through the pinon pine and sage zone of Red Mountain there was resounding collapsing of the snowpack nearly every step of the way. Snow surface conditions were very moist and nearly the entire snowpack where we dug a pit was moist verging on wet. There was 2 surface hoar layers (45 & 65 cm below the surface) present underneath the Jan 16/17 storm. The surface hoar layers were intact but starting to round and were not reactive in stability tests. Moderate to Strong results were found on stabiity tests, most importantly though, still showing the fairly weak interface between the most recent storm snows and the basal facet layer that exists on the bottom of the pack from 40-35cm in depth. Skiing could be described as trench warfare as it was a total upside down pack below 9000ft. Trees were raining and shedding snow as the warm temperatures cooked the landscape.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

It felt humid, hot and sloppy skinning up Red Mountain. Our route was only a good choice as it was a good place to travel free from threat of avalanche. Otherwise the ardous nature of the snow surface conditions truely reinforced the knowledge that we had a "Cement Event" in the lower elevations of the zone. Temperatures were over 40F and the cloud cover was producing a green housing effect that made things steamy. Dead calm winds.

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