Table Mountain-recent avalanche activity

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Table Mountain
Submission Info
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:00pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming
Table Mountain 37° 13' 41.214" N, 118° 34' 44.112" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went to ski on Table Mountain this morning. Trace new snow at parking lot. Light wind and clear skies. From the parking area I noticed many small point releases on NE facing slopes. Starting points appeared to be rocks (see photo). Larger point releases (200ft long, 20ft wide) were noted above the winter road closure on S. Lake Rd, again below rock bands. 

I followed a skin track up Bardini Canyon, digging several hand pits between 8400-9000 ft. All non-reactive. Skinning above was a bit slippery. 3-5 cm of low density new snow on firm wind board. I began to see surface hoar at 9000ft. By 10,000 ft, new snow depths were ~10 cm of light fluff. This skied very well on my first lap.

By 1100 a light-moderate west wind was beginning above 10,000ft with surface transport onto NW slopes. By the second lap, the wind had completly filled in section of the skin track. By noon winds were strong and transporting more snow. 

I toured farther south along the upper ridge to look at recent releases below a cornice (see photo). Many small point releases running into trees starting under a small cornice, no evidence of cornice collapse.  I ski cut a lower angle section of this slope and was able to release the upper 2 inches of new snow/wind deposit, loose snow ran 40-50 ft. I skied N-NE facing slopes back to Bishop Creek lodge. Decent powder skiing with fun, dry sloughs being released on steeper terrain. East facing slopes lower down were melting wind board, which also skiied pretty well. 

Warm and spring like back at the car.  Big snow banners noted all afternoon from Bishop (see photo).

Snowpack photos: 
Small point releases below north facing rocks. 8600ft
Wind loaded slope with recent small releases. NE facing, 10,400ft.
Snow banners at 3pm
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
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