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Observation: Electric Lake

Observation Date
12/17/2023
Observer Name
Magerl
Region
Skyline » Huntington Canyon » Electric Lake
Location Name or Route
Electric Lake
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Bluebird, with just a hint of wind from the northwest picking up at about noon. Very warm.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments
Hero snow with 10cm of big loose feathers and sugar on top of a very thin base. Crust 10cm down was always supportable on turns except when over some lower elevation (around 9,000') barely covered east-facing sage. Partner and I both felt multiple collapses on 9,000' east-facing low angle while skinning. Boot penetration to the ground during transitions. Alas, the ground was not too far down there. Mostly 40cm to 45cm total depth all day. Below the crust, complete unconsolidated sugar. Skied East, Northeast and North shots, all worthwhile. Dreamy turns now, nightmare weak layer after some more snow.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Total depth 40cm to 45 cm, bottom 30cm completely loose grained, unconsolidated snow.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low