Surface Textures in June Backcountry

Negatives Zone
Submission Info
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 12:00pm
Hourglass, Negatives 37° 43' 25.6008" N, 119° 5' 42.2988" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Surface snow conditions went from good in June Mountain Ski Area where the groomers were working to breakable, variable and wind impacted outsided ropes.  Weak snowpack structure still exists out there, but we didn't see any signs of instability.  The trick is finding smooth snow you want to slide on.  Looking a the snow surface to see if it is smooth is a good start, but it also has to be supportable enough or soft enough to be enjoyable right now. Finding one or both of these on the same slope is pretty tricky.  

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Hourglass Surface Conditons
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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
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Mild temperatures, thin clouds and a pleasant breeze made it nice to be in the mountains today.

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