Snow Obs on N. Ridge of Chickenwing

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
North Ridge of Chickenwing
Submission Info
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 10:45am
North Ridge of Chickenwing 37° 45' 39.5784" N, 119° 2' 16.1376" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up onto the North Ridge of Chickenwing to look for crust formation, check snow depth, and obs snowpack. Snow depth varied from 50cm to 70cm. Air Temp was 1C and rising slightly at 8900' at 10:45am, light winds were obs'd on the ridge, calm in the trees below. No snow transport was obs'd

In sheltered trees without sun exposure no crust was observed and the snow pack appeared fairly consolidated grading from 4F at the surface to 1F or P- near the base. MF crust was observed on aspects from SE to SW unless deeply shaded. Crusts were thin (1cm to 2cm), weak and appeared to be faceting out.  On the ridge proper wind crust had formed ranging from 1cm to 5cm thick. Weak facets were obs'd below the crust 4F-. The faceted layer tended to be thin ~5cm with a well consolidated snowpack beneath grading from 1F- to P- at the base. Wind crusts were generally thicker and supportable on the ridge but thinned and weakened just below the ridge.

Skiing was surprisingly good in the sheltered glades as long as one stayed off aspects with sun exposure.

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% 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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