Southerly Side of Bloody - Warming snow

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
S. side of Bloody Mtn
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Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 2:30pm
37° 33' 31.6872" N, 118° 54' 20.1276" W
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Toured out of Convict Lake past Laural Mtn to Genevieve Lake and up a SSE facing slope of Bloody Mtn to check out how southern facing slopes were warming.  High thin cloud cover in the early morning burned off and most of the day was clear blue skies.  Winds were calm up to mid elevations, with light breeze out of the W at upper elevations.  Quite chilly morning warmed up, and air temp was -3°C / 27°F at 12,000' at 2:15pm. Ski penetration was never more than 2-3cm between 12,000'-10,600' on this SSE (160°) facing slope between 1:30 and 2:30pm, but it could have been slightly more earlier than this,  as It was beginning to refreeze slightly with the light west wind and indirect sun at this time (but not too late for sublime slightly crispy corn turns:-)  All ths slopes skied remained supportable throughout this tour, but I wouldn't be suprised if some steep low-mid elevation south facing slopes that had snow could have gotten a bit manky and had some loose-wet sloughing potential.  

Northerly facing terrain was very variable, with areas of firm windboard, breakable crust, and plenty of patches of soft faceted surface snow.  In isolated areas micro-plates of windboard that were undercut were found that cracked around skis and could concievably lead to a fall in steep terrain if one wasn't careful.    

90% of summer trail past convist lake was still convered in snow (north side of lake is mostly melted out), and good snow bridges across creeks, however a couple cruxy steep sections along Genevieve creek where there are small waterfalls. Lots of filled-in easterly facing terrain on Bloody Mtn, but more southerly facing terrain was much more patchy and continuous snow made it up to 12,000'.          

Snowpack photos: 
SSE facing terrain of Bloody Mtn
East facing terrain of Bloody Mtn
Convict Creek trail crossing - well bridged with snow
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