Backcountry Report: Tamarack Peak, California [Sierra Avalanche Center]

Backcountry Report: Tamarack Peak, California [Sierra Avalanche Center]

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Backcountry Report: Tamarack Peak, California [Sierra Avalanche Center]

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Photo Credit (+Cover Photo): Sierra Avalanche Center

[Observations via Sierra Avalanche Center]

2-4” of high density new storm snow in this area. Strong winds have scoured exposed S-SW-W aspects down to firm crusts and have transported that snow to leeward NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects.

Red Flags: Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Very little localized cracking in heavily wind loaded areas observed throughout the morning.  Wind slabs were building in size and were up to 5-8” deep.  Repeatable ECTN’s on newly forming wind slabs at  N 39.313236 W -119.912507 off of the East Ridge of Tamarack Peak. Test results indicated that propagation was not likely on these wind slabs at that time.

Weather Observations:

  • Blowing Snow: Yes
  • Wind Speed: Strong
  • Wind Direction: Southwest
  • Cloud Cover: 75%
  • Air Temp: Below Freezing 
 

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