TSV/Wheeler Peak Region

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TSV/Wheeler Peak Region

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This morning there was moderate rainfall and above 11,000' a visible trace of snow, mostly melted below 13,000' now at 2:50pm.
Update 5:30pm more rain and snow the past three hours another trace to half inch down to 10,500'

This was the fourth snowfall of the season in this region; previous snowfall amounts near treeline; 9/12 1"-2", 9/18 visible trace, 9/25 1"-2"
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This morning woke up to frozen water on the deck and the ground is nearly frozen at 10,000'. About another 1/2"-1" fell around treeline overnight, snowline is about 10,400' on every aspect at 9:00am

a few more flurries throughout the day maybe another half inch accumulated
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No new snow since the October 12-13 event. There is a thin frozen ground crust up to one and half inches deep in shaded north and east facing terrain above 11,000', and various scattered patches below that down to 9,500'.
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Thanks for the virtual snowpit updates!
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I hope to be digging some real pits soon! This morning there is 1cm of heavy wet snow at 10,000', cloud cover has thinned to rolling fog around 11,000', temps are around 35f
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Temps were warm overnight, above freezing since yesterday morning. Two to four inches of wet heavy snow have fallen since yesterday morning, wind all night up to 50mph, small trees down around the area. On a west aspect at 10,000' the snow from last night has melted/settled to a dense wet layer 3 cm deep which will freeze as temps drop later today, this layer could become an issue once we receive more snow.
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Temps 9f at 7:00am, snowfall totals range from 4" at 9200' up to twelve" in high areas. Wind was a factor as was temperature; yesterday at 10am temp was 34f, gradually and consistently dropped to about 8f at midnight. I'm going up the snowmobile road on Frasier Mountain today, I'll have a snow report this evening. What I do know is that definite layers have formed to the temperature fluctuations; at 10,000' west facing and around this general area there is a frozen layer on the ground about an inch deep from the snow early yesterday, covered with a few inches of dryer and extremely dry snow that fell yesterday afternoon and lost moisture as the temps cooled.

5:30 pm
Found varying depths today. Average is about 7.5 inches light and dry. Deepest drift I found was about 15". Cold day not much wind, this storms appears to have left.
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Went up to about 11,500' on Frasier Mountain today. First avalanche activity to report this Winter; East side of Kachina Peak; in the middle and southern of the three east facing slide paths there was some activity, looks like it extends 20-30 feet wide, several inches deep and ran a few hundred vertical feet. It's small and probably wouldn't be dangerous but it shows there is enough snow to move in certain areas. I didn't have a clear view thru the trees where I was, if I don't work tomorrow I'm going to go check it out and take some pics.

On Frasier all west and south facing areas (probably other aspects by now 2:11pm) that are sun exposed today were warming and melting and will form a frozen surface crust tonight about 1-2cm thick. Average snow depth was 7-8inches, still dry and soft in shaded areas, no signs of depth facets forming yet, at lower elevations there is a frozen layer about an inch deep on the ground (from the warm air system that came with the storm friday) with up to four inches of snow over that layer.

There is significantly less snow to the north of the Ski Valley, Gold HIll and the peaks above Long Canyon appear to have about half as much as the Williams Lake basin.
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Hiked onto the east side of Kachina today. It's avalanche season! Three or four small slides from the recent storm occured on this aspect. Above 11,000' there is significant windload areas on the east side, up to three feet deep. There is a series of layers of graupel/hail type snow (1-3mm diameter) in the middle of the snowpack about 15" deep which I believe is a reason there was some activity on November 10 or 11. The slides from those days ran about 300 vertical feet, one was a point release that grew to about 20 feet wide and deposited snow up to 24" deep where it stopped
Pit near the toe of an avalanche that occured November 10 or 11 on the east side of Kachina Peak
Pit near the toe of an avalanche that occured November 10 or 11 on the east side of Kachina Peak
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, another slide appears to have ran earlier during the storm thirty feet to the south on a more northeast aspect, it was a soft slab about a foot deep that realeased on a convex grassy slope, fifteen feet wide at the crown (which was almost filled in with windblown snow today), and the runout is underneath the runout from the point release slide, they blend. Slope angles here range from 28-38 degrees.

We got about 400' of skiing in this chute and below the rockfalls about a mile of decent powder in the trees back to the trailhead at the Bavarian. Layers are evident, on a basic single column test, 22" deep on an east aspect an isolated column failed within the thick graupel layer on the thirteenth tap, third elbow hit.
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no recent snow
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JBella wrote:no recent snow
And none in the forecast. :cry:
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Hiked up to the midway bench in the east facing avalanche chutes in Long Canyon today. Not much snow, 8-10" on the shaded sides of the chutes, settled to a pretty dense springlike snowpack, just enough to ride. West facing side of the canyon has very little snow.
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found these surface hoar crystals today at about 10,500' in a wind free shaded basin on Frasier's north side
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The snow below these feathers is all facet sugar 7-8" deep.
This was about a hundred feet higher than the previous pictures.
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Most sunny aspects have very little snow.
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Those crystal pictures are really cool.
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