South Fork Bishop Creek-Recent Avalanche Activity

Table Mountain
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Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 6:45pm
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Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 12' 34.2576" N, 118° 34' 50.3868" W
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Toured up the east side of Table Mountain from the SF Bishop Creek today. Glorious day with yesterdays fresh coating of snow. There was a lot of avalanche activity that appeared to have taken place during the storm yesterday. A majority of the slides were loose snow point releases, but there were also some storm slabs that had released primarily on convex terrain features, adjacent to ridgelines, and underneath cliff features where point releases from above triggered small slabs below. The debris from some of the slides nearly reached the road and had run 2000ft vertical. I did not observe any slides that looked like they stepped down to deeper layers in the snowpack; they were all new-snow avalanches. A bit of small wet loose activity took place on sunny southern aspects today, but did not observe anything very significant in my area today.

Skied from 11,200ft on a NE aspect. The first 100ft had a 5-10cm soft windboard, but ski penetration was still 30-40cm deep and did not encounter windslab on ski cuts or stomping in starting zones. Most bigger slide paths on the east side of Table Mtn had sluffed or slid naturally and had refilled as was the case in our run selection. N and NE aspects held great soft snow whereas most sunny aspects got sun affected today with the solar input. Did not observe any collapsing, or shooting cracks while travelling today. Active wind transport observed in the higher elevations, the Palisades looked to still be getting wind swept up at 14000ft.

HS: 255cm @ 10,200ft NE aspect

HNS: 35cm

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Light winds on the east side of Table Mtn. Winds were visibly extreme at the high elevations 13000ft+. Quite warm with sunny clear skies.

34F deg at 1230pm

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