Snow conditions in the June Backcountry

Fern Creek
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Volunteer Observer
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 6:00pm
37° 44' 16.9332" N, 119° 6' 36.3708" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went for a tour in the June Lake BC- toured off of J7, skied Fern Creek and the Hemlock Trees down to the 4 seasons.  The remaining clouds dissapated by around 10am and gave way to a clear day with a brisk NE wind.  2-4 inches fell over night on a variety of surfaces- mostly supportable MF crusts, wind boards, scoured/etched sastrugi, and settled powder.  The new snow was quite light and uncohesive with some very minor sloughing in steeper N facing trees.  By 11am though, E faces in the sun had already gained a lot of cohesion and were probably moist later in the day.  We saw the debris of two small avalanches that appeared to be natural sloughs out of steep rocky NE facing terrain- D1/1.5.  

Above the hourglass until we descended below 10,000' in Fern Creek, the landscape had been etched to sastrugi and frozon tracks by the significant northern winds a few days ago and much of the new snow that fell last night had also been stripped by the winds this morning.  Below that, the few inches of light snow on supportable surfaces made for quite fun fast skiing.  

The recent cold nights made for a graciously supportable and consistent crust with an inch of dust on the final pitch above the 4 seasons.  

Snowpack photos: 
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