Rock Creek -East path of Red Mountain -snow & weather conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
East path of Red Mtn
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Forecaster
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:45am
37° 31' 15.42" N, 118° 43' 59.6424" W
Snowpit Observations
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  I headed up Rock Creek this morning and  hiked up to the east facing avalanche paths that run off of Red Mountain. I had to hike a bit to get to enough snow to skin and then it remained adventours for awhile until I could get through willows and vegetation on to more open fields of snow around 9000ft. The lower reaches of the path provided really good corn conditions at mid day on the way down (10200 ft to 9000ft), although they were only a foot or less in depth. Northerly and Easterly terrain up high from 11400 to 10400ft was around 100cm in total depth. New snow depths in the upper reaches were around 15-20cm of still soft yet warming Fist hardness snow. The primarily east facing path I skiied was composed of this 20cm of fresh snow on top of a stout 10-15cm firm pencil to knife hardness sun crust with loose and mostly faceted snow beneath. I could easily punch my pole to ground in most all locations on north aspects. I did not observe any signs of instability, other than minor rollerballing of the new surface snow on steeper north and east aspects. Snowpack is really thin, but as of today there was still enough to provide a good route for the day. There were small cornices on the NE facing ridgeline. When I topped out on the summit of Red mountain around noon, skies to the west had become much more cloudy, grey and ominous. The morning up to that point was quite sunny, warm and calm. Winds were light to moderate at noon at 11400ft and a few flakes of snow were drifting down when I got back to the vehicle. There neither was any issues with dramatic warming or wind slab in catchment zones in this area today.

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