Snow Conditions on Earthquake Dome

Earthquake Dome
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Monday, December 23, 2019 - 9:00am
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Earthquake Dome 37° 40' 5.6532" N, 119° 0' 1.7928" W
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Went for a morning tour up Earthquake Dome. Still snowing lightly in the morning at 0600.  Snow tapered off by 0700.  No winds.  

15-20cm of new snow fell yesterday/overnight.  10cm of F snow on top of 10cm of F+ snow.  Hand shears were negative (see photo) with my hand pulling right through with light force.  Above 8600' the new snow was almost forming a cohesive slab, but the hand shears still pulled right through.  I also tugged below the new snow on the Dec 12th cursts with no results.  The crust has decomposed a bit in the past weeks and my hand pulled right through easily.  Biggest concern today below treeline is small loose dry avalanches, especially in areas where the new snow overlay old crusts or firm snow surfaces (see photo of minor slughing).

Skiing was pretty great after weeks of variable surface conditions.  I scraped on the curst in a few areas only.  

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