SF Bishop Creek - Table Mountain snow conditions

East side Table Mountain
Submission Info
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 3:30pm
37° 11' 26.6028" N, 118° 34' 35.706" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up the SF Bishop Creek to the east side of Table Mountain. Winds were visibly transporting snow at the higher elevations peaks around South Lake. I stayed in sheltered northerly trees today after subjecting myself to a beating on McGee mtn yesterday. It was a pleasent surprise with 15-20cm of new low density snow where sheltered and 5-10cm in the more open areas and lower elevations. Did not observe any signs on instability other than some light dry snow sluffing when I began my descent. There was not much volume to the sluffing, but it did run 500ft on a N facing 35deg slope. Good cornice development was observed on the ridgetop. Did not observe any natural activity today, nor wind slab, nor point releases  with the most recent light snows.

At 10,124ft   42deg NE aspect    38deg slope

HS: 200cm

HNS: 20cm

Hand shears pulled easily 20cm down, but were composed of soft F snow and sheared Q3 quality.

I did not get any shooting cracks or collapsing today. I skinned up quite steep terrain that had obvious wind load in the trees and everything felt quite solid and provided some really good skiing. I could not get anything to move when stomping and purposely skinning over loaded rolls. I imagine if you were up higher where wind loading was taking place it may have been a different story.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Air temperature trend: 
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More detailed information about the weather: 

22F at 1230pm 11000ft today.

The morining started out overcast and blustery, but skies blued up over my zone and I enjoyed sunny conditions all day. The higher peaks were enveloped and the winds looked to be quite strong to extreme up there again today. I had moderate winds from the SW, but rather gusty and not consistenly blowing today. There was little to no wind effect on the snow where I skiied today. Quite nice.

Upon skiing out, the lower elevations around 9000ft were melting and it felt like spring was in the air.

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