The snowpack is dangerous in Lake Tahoe right now. We lost a fantastic person in an avalanche yesterday.
Here is some quality information about what is going on in Tahoe’s backcountry right now.
This snowpack analysis comes from the east ridge of Tamarack Peak in Lake Tahoe on March 1st, 2012.
Total Snow Depth = 145cms
New Snow = 80cms
Aspect = North
Incline = 35 degrees
Elevation = Tree line
Stratification = Light on top, dense in middle, on top of crust layers, below crust is a loose faceted layer
Results of Extended Compression Test = Failure on lower storm layer about 60 cms down from surface. ECTP24 Q2.