The road to Geyser Pass Trailhead is plowed but snow packed and slick. All wheel drive vehicles with good tires are recommended.
Skies are mostly cloudy, southwesterly ridge top winds are blowing 15-20 mph, and 10,000' temps are in the low 20's. A weakening storm system will move through the desert southwest today into Friday. Most of the energy is to the south but we'll see a chance of snow showers today with perhaps a few inches tonight. SW winds will continue to blow in the 10-15 mph range and daytime high temps will be in the mid 20's. High pressure builds over the weekend with the next potential storm systems developing by mid next week.
The past weekend's 30" of low density snow has settled considerably and SW winds yesterday ravaged exposed slopes, but you can still find good riding conditions in sheltered locations. Base depth in Gold Basin is a solid 36". Lots of folks have been out and about enjoying the early December snow, and much thanks to all who have sent in observations this week! Check them out here.
Below is a clip of what we saw out there yesterday.
Yesterday I observed the first natural activity high up in Red Snow Cirque and off the north face of Mount Tukuhnikivatz. Blowing and drifting snow from the strong WSW winds yesterday tipped the scales, and I noted two slides that appeared to break down into old snow with fractures 3'-4' deep. Read the report here.