Tobacco Flats Drainage

Tobacco Flats Drainage
Submission Info
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
Tobacco Flats Drainage 37° 33' 29.718" N, 118° 50' 41.5032" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Skied saturday and Sunday in the tobacco flats drainage. Saturday up moraine via standard route, up lookers left of hippy chutes in the trees. Descended Hippy chutes

Sunday up old mans bowl, down east side of morrison col, up old mans bowl, down skiers right side of Little Morisson.

Skiing conditions great on little morrison, anything without direct solar aspect. Powder skiing top to bottom. Solar aspects warming rapidly, rollerballs observed from skiers turns. Areas near ridges and especially through the main drainage showed the worst signs of wind affect/wind board. Generally it seemed like a lot of the snow had been wind affected, but had recrystalized into faceted powder with the cold temperatures and was remarkably good despite the appearance of surface texture still. 

Main concern was isolated windslabs near ridges, and the rapid warming for the first time. Was out of the area by 11am sunday but id imagine that east face of morisson started to show signs of increasing instability. Quick digging around the wind slabs didnt produce any remarkable results at the interface beneath the wind slabs. Non planar results. Wind very calm at 11k and no transport visible up higher.

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