Post storm lap in the Mammoth Lakes Basin today to verify the forecast (problems and danger levels). Here are my takeaways:
Overall a beautiful day to be out in the mountains!
Clear skies, light winds decreasing through the day.
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Jaws - Lakes Basin
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Redcone Bowl (Low on skiers right)
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Ski pen was around 35cm all day today, make of that what you will. Height of snow in the Mammoth Lakes basin is now over two meters. That is my usual benchmark for a deep snowpack, and as they say “a deep snowpack is a strong snowpack”. Below treeline and above treeline I was able to probe for the 12/01 facet layer and got it consistently at around 170cm below the surface. A quick test pit at 10400′ on an E aspect revealed no specific layer of concern within the upper meter of the snowpack.