Snow conditions on Mt Wood

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
East Face Mt Wood
Submission Info
Forecaster
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
37° 48' 36.522" N, 119° 9' 18.648" W
Snowpit Observations
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We toured up the east face on Mt Wood this morning seeking soft corn snow.  Climbing from hwy 158 near Grant Lake we were able to find our way with only minimal dry land skinning. We observed that snow below 9000’ was already a bit punchy in places by 9 am, suggesting the overnight cloud cover and warm temperatures did not allow for a solid freeze.  Over 9000’ or so we found ski crampons to be very helpful for our climb.   We decided to transition around 1130 despite not reaching the summit as things were warming up quickly. Descending around 12pm we found the majority of our descent to be supportable pseudo corn skiing though truth be told we it was on the verge of being slushy.  I suspect dropping an hour earlier would have been advantages.   Descending the final bench to the lake we found a very unconsolidated and manky snow pack. Boot penetration below 9000’ 30-35 cm, which made for challenging skiing and was a bit frightening for the knees.  A good reminder to leave early, and don’t be afraid to turn around if you find yourself behind the 8 ball.

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Partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures were present throughout our tour today.  Moderate winds from the southwest helped to regulate the temperature and make for a very pleasant day.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
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