Storm Snow in Red Cone Bowl

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Red Cone Bowl 37° 59' 52.7604" N, 118° 37' 19.6716" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured today to to of Red Cone Bowl with ski lines in the bowl being cautiously open terrain. Any red flags would cause us to close those runs and ski back down the ridge.

30-40cm of new F to F+ hard, low density dry snow was sitting on to of the previous MFcr that existed prior to last nights snowfall. Hand shears and kick turn tests failed moderately. Some kickturns failed more cleanly than others, but most were failing down approx. 15 cm on a storm snow layer. 

No slab characteristics were noted on NW-N-NE aspects below ridgetop on Red Cone Bowl, though the SE facing, low angle approach ridge did have stiffer, 1F snow deposits with isolated shooting cracks. 

We skied three lines, from the summit and from the lower saddle, and saw no other signs of instability or indication of wind/storm slab. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
South
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Partly sunny skies and fresh breezes gave way to moderate winds, blowing snow (saltation) and cooling temperatures as the low came back around and S-1 precipitation returned (graupel). Our skin track began to get filled back in on our last lap (1400).

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