Snow conditions south of Big Pine

Submission Info
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:15pm
My Mary Austin 36° 49' 22.6524" N, 118° 20' 36.69" W
Snowpit Observations
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Toured out of Independence up to 12000+'. No whumphing, cracking or other signs of slab instabilities. Lots of evidence of recent (yesterday?) loose wet slides on southerly aspects at all elevations. We encountered all conditions throughout the tour up, including melt/freeze crusts, wind effect, and winter snow, depending on aspect. The day heated up quickly, and melt/freeze crusts softened significantly. No winds during our tour, though banners were seen in the early morning and later afternoon on high summits. Skied excellent snow on E/NE all the way down. Was surprised that we did not see active loose wet slides or roller balls on sunny aspects, especially with the sunshine, heat, and debris present from recent days. Finished the tour at 3:00pm. 



Weather Observations
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Clear and calm all day, though isolated banners seen coming off summits in the morning and afternoon. Hot!

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