Snow and weather observation from the sherwins

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Mammoth rock area
Submission Info
Forecaster
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 12:30pm
Red Flags: 
37° 36' 36.9252" N, 118° 59' 36.366" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went for a morning tour in the Sherwins today and found a wide variety of surface conditions.

Ski crampons were quite helpful along our ascent which consisted largely of supportable wind board or refrozen and well-used skin tracks. Periodic probing highlighted a snowpack ranging from about 1 meter to 1.5 meters deep and the presence of weak faceted snow near the ground. Exposed areas near the ridgeline were quite firm and slick albeit edge-able wind board with quite a bit of wind-sculpted sastrugi. More shaded areas below treeline were a bit more variable. Old tracks abound and are keeping things interesting, but our steady flow of cold and clear nights is breaking down old surface crusts and providing a nice layer of faceted soft surface snow, making for quite enjoyable turns. This new layer of weak unconsolidated snow may prove to be problematic if and when we see another substantial winter storm but for now, there is still enjoyable riding to be had if you know where to look.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
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Sunny skies and mild temperatures made for a lovely morning in the mountain. Winds were mostly calm with just a light breeze out of the SW once we hit the ridge.

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