Bishop Creek -Bardini Canyon -Ravaging winds

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Table Mtn -Bardini Canyon
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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 11:00am
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37° 14' 12.7572" N, 118° 34' 45.9804" W
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High winds tore the mountains apart today with suspended snow clouding the skyline as far as the eye could see. Table mountain surface conditions was a mixed bag of pencil firm wind slab, breakable cardboard and some pleasant softer wind buff surfaces.

Lower slopes below 9000ft have 30-45cm of snow on average and supportable enough to travel both up and down.  I think the winds were too high to even build up slab in the lower angle country I traveled today; most wind transported snow was being sublimated in the atmosphere with very little building up in gully features or convexities where I toured.

There was very minor cracking on eroded panels of wind board, no collapsing observed. I did not observe any recent avalanche activity today.

Snow pit consisted of 100cm of total snow, 65cm being the new snow and 33cm the old from Nov/Dec. Moderate results on a melt/freeze crust 7cm below the top of the old snow at 25cm. Similar to what I found around the corner on a more NE aspect 2 days ago.

Well as the saying goes it doesn’t matter how much snow you have, it matters what is on the surface, and our surfaces took a major hit the past few days. Very sheltered terrain  will be the last vestige of soft turns from last week’s storm.

 

Snow pit @ 10,000ft, N Aspect, 28 deg slope

HS: 100cm

CT16 Q2 @ 25cm

ECTP13 @ 25cm

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