Sherwin's - new snow and wind

Sherwins near Mammoth Rock
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
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37° 36' 29.8836" N, 118° 59' 28.95" W
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Dense new snow ontop of thick frozen melt freeze layer in most areas and elevations.   

-8700', NE facing, 4:45pm, moderate SW winds, 38deg slope just on leeward side of rib = very small 3-4" wind slabs releasing during skinning, some shooting cracks 2-3ft in length.  Similar results at top convex role of poop chute (9100')

-9500', NE facing, 5:30pm = New snow=26cm, 0-10cm=fist, 10-15cm=1finger plus, 15-26cm=4finger.  Hand pit / hand shear test showed very well bonded snow with no planar failures.  Multiple hand pits in more sheltered areas showed similar results.  

-Some strong SW gusts at ridgetop at 6:15pm.  

-Medium sized cornices at ridgetop at 10,000' over NE facing slope.  ski cuts and skier drops off corniced ridge resulted in no slope failures.  

-Creamy skiing down to 8500', below that much more "dust on crust" like.  

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