Red Mountain snow conditions

Red Mountain
Submission Info
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 11:45am
37° 32' 25.89" N, 118° 44' 16.3788" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

There was a 1ft of new snow from the road up to 8700 ft and then steadily increased to 2-2.5ft of new snow up to 10,400ft. Most of the above treeline terrain was fairly windswept and was not accumulating much snow. Upon descending a N aspect from 10,400ft I got some minor shooting cracks on ski cuts that did not run further than a few feet on crossloaded NE aspects adjacent to ridgeline of lower angle 25-30deg. The N slope at that point of the day (3pm) was not yet slabbed up, it had some meat to it, (high water content), but for the most part it was deep and soft and provided great turns. Lots of snow being transported all day long. The lower angle terrain was almost too slow as the density of the snow provided quite a bit of drag. Winds really started picking up mid afternoon primarily from the South, but were blowing from all directions at times. Increased wind velocities will certainly do some damage and increase hazard (Wind Slab) if forecasts hold true. Tomorrow could be a totally different day in this particular zone. Did not venture into very steep terrain or areas that were being sigificantly windloaded, and did not observe any collapsing or whumping. Upon ski cutting observed a few minor shooting cracks 

Dug a pit at 9500ft, NE aspect, 33deg slopoe

HS:140 cm,  HNS: 50cm

CTH22 SC @ 40cm below surface on light graupel layer


Snowpack photos: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% 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 most of the day. Overall conditions were relatively calm on the lower mountain up to 9500ft up until noon. Winds started to increase around 1pm and by 3pm were really blowing. Strong to gale force winds were predominantly coming from the south, but there was also lengthy periods of NW winds as well. Ski tracks from the first runs of the day by multiple parties were pretty much filled back in by 3pm. 

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