Sherwin Ridge - Weather Observations and Snow Coverage
Signs of Unstable Snow
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Took a little ‘tour’ with an AIARE 1 group up to the Sherwin Ridge from Mill City to explore terrain, make a few turns and learn about spring snow conditions. Here is a list of key observations from today.
The Road Closed Sign is in place at the normal winter closure though people are still trying to drive beyond it. 50 yards up the road there is a down tree and snow berm blocking the road.
We walked on snow and pavement for ~10 minutes before we could start skinning and after that had to be gentle a few times and took our skis off once to reach the Lake Mary Road.
From the Lake Mary Road the Sherwin Bootpack is completely snow free to the crest of the ridge.
Winds were ripping. At times on our approach we had Strong winds with Extreme gusts that threatened to knock us down.
Once on the ridge we were able to find shelter in depressions and then at the top of Upper Mammoth Rock Bowl to put our skis and boards on.
On the East aspect of the Upper Bowl we found good surface softening, but in the shade of trees and more northerly terrain it was still a little firm at 11:30 AM.
Overall it was an adventuresome little circuit given this is our bread and butter backyard terrain in mid winter.