Snowpit results in an improving snowpack

Location Name: 
Near top of avi paths Just S of Box lake trailhead
Region: 
Lick Creek Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 13:00
Location Map: 
United States
44° 58' 36.3324" N, 115° 58' 16.4532" W
US



Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Elevation 7310' per altimeter. Snowpack depth 130cm. Slope 32 degrees, 90 degrees East.  Light surface hoar 25cm below surface. Old surface hoar at 105cm below surface.  Bottom 20cm reconsolidating facets (can make a snowball). Penetration, fist to 25cm from top, 4 fingers to 75cm,  2 fingers to 100cm, fist to ground. 

CT 23 with rough shear at surface hoar 25cm from top. Then CT N, but with a few shovel prys we could gt a clean shear at the old surface hoar layer at 105cm. ECT 20 at same layer, no propogation. Again with a shovel pry, a clean propogation at the 105cm old surface hoar. 

Last week's storm snow still skied well, but was not blower powder.  Wind deposits on anything facing south. East slopes and anything north were unaffected. We stayed off the top 400 feet of vertical, where there was obvious wind pillows in the avi start zones. Old fracture lines in the latest storm, now blown in, were detectable from a distance.  No sign of bigger slides. No whumping, no cracks.  We couldn't get steep spots to slide, like the lower sides of boulders.

Snowpack photos: 
Pit location photo
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

More stable snowpack than I expected to find.

Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
More detailed information about the weather: 

Just another great day, about -6C.