Laurel Mtn - Easterly facing snow warming

Laurel Mtn
Submission Info
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:30am
37° 34' 48.8244" N, 118° 53' 28.6656" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Left convict lake parking at 6:30am, across convict lake then booted NW up southerly facing gully to ridgeline (7:45), skinned on northerly side of ridgeline and up north face of Laurel Mtn to summit (11am), down Easterly facing slopes (Mendenhal Couloir - 11:45-12:20), back out across lake.

-Good hard re-freeze overnight.

-7:45am: south facing slopes still firm up to above 9,000'.  (crampons nice to have)

-10:15am: East facing slope up to 10,800', surface softening a couple inches ontop of firm.  Good thin corn skiing. Below 8,500' SE facing slope moistening/softening quite deeper, thicker skiing conditions.   

-11am: North facing slopes between 10,800' and 11,800', cold, no moistening.  Very firm.

-11:45am: NE facing slopes from 11,800' to 10,000' = cold soft dry snow (good skiing :-).  East facing slopes same time and elevation: moist and soft with several inches of ski penetration (good corn :-)

-12:15pm: E facing slopes Below 9,000' = moist snow down atleast 2ft, becoming punchy and thick, especially when near cliffs.   

Some small rollerballs during decent from ski turns on east facing slopes, but not becoming very large.

Evidence of wet slide that looked to start as small point release on SE facing slope about 9,000' and ran to 8,100' spanning about 50' wide with sizeable debris - ran yesterday or day before. (see attached photo)


Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
More detailed information about the weather: 

Full sun, no clouds, calm winds except for light S winds at ridgetop.  Very warm!

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