Surface conditions on solar aspects off the top of Mammoth Mountain were quite textured and very firm off the top. Boot pen= 0 cm
From 10,500′ to 9,500’or so I noticed that sliding conditions became much more pleasant. the top 1- 2 cm was still frozen and knife hard however about 15 cm below this was moist and 4f hard. This crust was easily broken while skiing and provided predictable and soft-ish turns. Boot Pen= 20 cm
I ventured into more north-facing terrain above Horseshoe Lake and found soft cold faceted surface snow (with a periotic thin zipper crust) down to about 9500′.
below 9000′ i found surface snow on more northerly aspects to be moist, sticky, and unsupportive. Rollerballs were easy to initiate with pinwheels up to 60 cm in diameter.
No loose wet activity was observed on my travels today. I don’t think northerly aspects had warmed to the point of instability on my tour today however more solar aspects at lower elevations could have been more suspect.
Moderate , SW
Mostly cloudy skies prevailed today with thin, but consistent cloud coverage. Temperatures reached into the mid 40°s and winds were moderate to strong.