Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Issued by Brett Kobernik for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:58am
The majority of the terrain across the Skyline has a LOW to MODERATE avalanche danger. A CONSIDERABLE danger remains steep slopes above 9500' that face northwest, north and northeast. The likelihood of triggering an avalanche becomes less over time but if you do trigger one, it has the potential to be large and lethal.
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Special Announcements
I'll be doing our annual avalanche presentation at Big Pine Sports on December 17th, 2018 at 7pm. It's free to attend and there will be food and drinks, good deals and some giveaways!
I'll discuss the start to our winter and current avalanche conditions. I'm thinking that I'll also review an accident or two that has occurred on the Skyline. There is always a lot to learn when reviewing accidents.
Avalanche Problem #1
Persistent Weak Layer
Below is a photo of the snowpack on a north facing slope at 10,200' in elevation. The mid portion of the snowpack (Thanksgiving storms) is quite strong and is providing a bridge over the older weak snow near the ground. The old sugar snow near the ground has also gained a little strength from being compressed by all of the new snow. That said, don't trust it just yet. Continue to avoid those high northerly steep slopes until we see some signs of stabilization.
Here's a short video with some more information:
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