Pine Creek - SE aspects

Submission Info
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm
Pine Creek 37° 23' 46.5756" N, 118° 42' 32.8356" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

0845- Started tour from Pine Creek Rd.  Tair=5C. No wind. Clear skies.

09:10- Snow in the sun (7400 ft) beginning to melt. Major avalanche debris from 7200ft- ~8000 ft. Slide occurred 3 (?) weeks ago but troughs cut into the snow are still 5 feet high in some places.

11:30 - Skinned up to ~10,600 ft on broad SE facing slope.  No cracking or whumping. Ski pen 5 cm. Snow surface melting.

1:00- Boot packed to 12,800 in SE facing couloir. Boot pen variable in this section. In areas that had previously slid, boot pen ranged from 5-10cm. In one section, snow was knee deep.  Snow surface melting with no rollerballs or entrainment noted.  Once snow in couloir became shaded by rock walls, soft snow began to refreeze.

North facing snow in saddle at 12,800 ft still soft and wintery. Tair=3C. Light-moderate wind with no noted snow transport.

Snow on descent mostly good.  Corn type snow, with some refrozen corn on shaded aspects of SE couloir.


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