V-Bowl - Warm, Winds, new windslab

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Friday, March 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 55' 47.0208" N, 119° 11' 51.0756" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up V-Bowl (Rd open and clear) form 7,500' to 10,000'.  Warm day, +2.5°C at noon at 9,200', with strong winds over ridgetops and at mid elevations.  Day started with blue skies, and by early afternoon clouds moved in and some light snowfall began, and winds increased.  East facing slopes before noon were moist to 5cm+, but no evidence of loose wet activity anywhere.  Turbulent snow could be seen above the dana plateau, and winds were transporting modest amounts of snow around tree-line.  It looked promising to find sensitive windslabs at the entrance to the plateau chutes, so we stayed at lower elevations.  An upper convex rolling NE facing slope at 10,000' where SW winds were loading into was the most concerning wind slab we found today.  ~4" of 1Finger fresh wind slab ontop of Fist+ snow.  Quite clean handshears, but with moderate to hard force (see attached video).  Found some steep striped areas lower down ~9900'  where rain crust was very prominent at the surface,  where previous avalanche activity had taken place earlier this week.  Wouldn't want to have a fall or loose an edge on this firm surface, and it will likely remain a good sliding surface for future snowfall to avalanche on again.

Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
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