Snow conditions in the Lee Vining area

V Bowl
Submission Info
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Rapid warming
37° 55' 35.0184" N, 119° 11' 31.9704" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

I went for a quick tour this afternoon to the top of V bowl in the lee vining area. Leaving the car around 11 this morning things were already pretty warm. The temperature was 39°F, Boot penetration was about 30 cm, winds were calm and the sky was overcast. I was struck by the amount of saturated surface snow throughout my tour today.  I found 3-6” of ski penetration while skinning below 9000’ and supportable melt freeze crust above 9500’ or so.  While observations from the mammoth area reported 6-10” of new snow I found 1-2” at most on my tour today.  

Descending V bowl today was a chore. Deep heavy saturated snow made up the most of my descent. Easily the most scared I’ve been for my knees in a while.


No wumphing or cracking was observed on my tour today but I did notice some roller ball activity on cliffy south facing terrain and on my drive home I spotted a fairly large slide on the north side of Wood Mountain. (see poor quality photo below)


Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
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More detailed information about the weather: 

It was a warm day today with intermittent cloud cover.  Wind speeds increased as I gained elevation with a cold, light breeze at 9500’

1115- @7800’ 39°F, overcast skies, calm wind, Boot Pen =30cm Saturated snow with a trace of fresh.

1212- @8500’ 38° mostly cloudy skies, light SE wind, boot pen=20 cm saturated now with ~1” new snow

1328- @9600’ 33°F mostly cloudy skies, light SE wind gusting moderate, supportable MF crust with about 2” of fresh snow

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