*Snowpack Update Sunday Dec 13th
Despite the snowpack being extremely shallow in the backcountry, and in most places still unrideable, fresh windslabs in wind loaded areas at mid to upper elevations are likely sensitive to human triggering. Backcountry sensors are reporting trace amounts up to 6" of new snow falling Friday night, with strong winds out of the west. 8-16" deep wind slabs sitting on shallow weak faceted snow were reported to be found in un-skied wind loaded areas mid-montain on Mammoth on Saturday.
4-12" of new snow is expected to fall Sunday afternoon into the night with strong winds again out of the W to SW, continuing to build more dangerous wind slabs that could trigger naturally. Even a small avalanche resulting in a fall during these low-snow conditions could result in injury due to all the exposed and shallowly buried obstacles.
Daily advisories will begin as soon as the snow coverage is enough for forecasters to travel safely. Hopefully tonight's snow will do the trick!
Season snowpack update posted prior to this past week:
BRING ON THE SNOW!
Two storms in early and mid November provided us with a glimpse of winter and brought over a foot of snow to the central and northern parts of the forecast zone. While this was enough for some eager beavers to sneak in a few turns in isolated areas, conditions are extremely thin and for the most part unrideable.
ESAC is fully staffed and ready to begin issuing daily avalanche advisories as soon as we have enough snow on the ground to ride and ski. In the meantime check our Observations Page for the latest field conditions, and follow some of these tips to get prepared!
Check Your Gear!
- Make sure your beacon shovel and probe are in good working order.
- Pull out and Inspect your equipment for damage and fix or replace as necessary.
- For a great list of common things to look for when inspecting your skies, boots, and bindings follow this link.
- Don't Forget to inspect other equipment like your helmet, goggles, clothing and backpack.
Brush up on Avalanche Rescue Skills!
- Have a buddy (socially distant) hide a beacon in the bushes and practice searching.
- Contact your local avalanche education provider to inquire about upcoming courses.
- Check out our education page HERE for a wide variety of free online education resources.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
You raised $32k for your avalanche center at the annual fundraiser
(our most successful event ever!)