Nevahbe Ridge - Conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Nevahbe Ridge
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Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 11:00am
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37° 31' 10.7004" N, 118° 46' 52.788" W
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Toured up east facing terrain on Nevahbe Ridge this morning to see extent and timing of snow softening.  Good overnight refreeze kept us travelling with skis on our backs from the start of snowline up to ~12,000' @ 10am, when we transitioned from crampons to skinning do to encountering some punchy thin snow that was thigh deep ontop of rocks. Skied down from ridgeline at 12,400' at 10:45am which seemed close to the height of softening for this high elevation easterly facing slope with a hint of northern exposure, and had consistent supportable moistened surface snow down to 9200' (see attached video).  Most of snow surface consisted of mini-penitente like texture (see attached picture), which skied well. Did not encounter any areas of concerning wet-loose instability for our time on the snow today. Imagine that more south-east aspects would have softened quite a bit more.  

Travelled on bare ground on mellow angled terrain from 8900' to 9300', but some narrow ribbons on snow still existed in shaded northerly facing gullies down close to 8000'.   

 

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micro nieve penitente surface
9am east face
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Mostly sunny with thin high cloud cover throughout day.  Calm to light winds even at ridgetop.

-10,800' @ 9am: Air temp= +3°C / 37°F

-12,400' @ 10:30am: air temp=+2.5°C / 36°F.

-9,500' @ 11:!5am: Air temp= +10°C / 50°F

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