Softening Snow in bowl behind Rock Creek pack station

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Bowl between Mt Starr and Pointless Peak
Submission Info
Member
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 9:30am
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
Rock Creek Bowl 37° 27' 12.9168" N, 118° 45' 27.8784" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured into bowl behind Rock Creek pack station; skinned along the northern section of the bowl at Pointless Peak's southern flank and skied out down center of the bowl. At 0930, temp approx 35 degrees, winds approx 5mph from the north, ski pen was zero to 20cm at any point along the approach; quite variable but soft powder was to be found within treed area. Some wind sculpting, ice, crust, and wind board present in open areas. Ascended to mouth of southern chute at 11089' with old avalanche debris, possibly 2+ weeks old. At 1200, temp approx 40 degrees, winds approx 5mph from the north, snow had softened making ski pen 10-20cm consistently, very wet and heavy; undesirable but managable. No whumphing, shooting cracks or slab releases. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
North
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Sunny with 5mph north wind. Temps from 17-40 degrees during the course of the morning. 

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