Snow conditions on Chicken Wing

Chcken Wing
Submission Info
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 12:00pm
Chicken Wing 37° 45' 24.2028" N, 119° 2' 5.7804" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went to check on coverage and conditions at Chicken Wing. Arriving at 9am, skies were cloudy, 22 degree air temp and light snowfall and no wind.  3” of low density snow fell overnight. During this tour we found no cracking, whumping or signs of recent avalanche activity.

Digging hand pits at lower elevations, we found 15 cm of light (fist) snow, over 10 cm of four finger snow. Below this was the rain/melt freeze layer,  which was more like wet snow than an actual firm crust, at least between between 8600-9000ft.  In places, we found poorly bonded, loose snow beneath this wet layer.  Ski pen=35cm; boot pen more like thigh deep for most of the tour. 

I ski cut steep a couple of steep convexities higher up on N and NE aspects. This only produced minor sloughing of the top 3 cm of loose, dry snow. This sloughing was inconsequential where we were but I could imagine a larger, steeper slope would require some careful slough management. 
Near the top, probed snow depth ranged from  105-120cm. No wind and light to moderate snowfall until 12 today. 

I dug a shallow pit below the ridgeline to look at the top layers. They were:
25cm fist (top)
20cm 1 finger
1 cm of wet snow

Good skiing down with some obstacles still present. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
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