Quickly warming snow but good turns while it lasted

Location Name: 
North side of Peak 7268 south of Granite Peak
Region: 
Goose Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 13:30
Location Map: 
United States
45° 3' 3.906" N, 116° 11' 42.2556" W
US


Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

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

We skied 4 runs from 9:30 to 1:30 on a due N facing slope that averaged 38 degreees in pitch.  Breakable crusts from Monday's sun made all aspects instructional except for due north, where we enjoyed 30cm of the weekend storm snow.  The last run, every turn produced pinwheels and roller balls, but our pit gave scores of CT29 and ECT N, with rough shears on last week's surface crust. The pit was placed at 44 degrees facing due north.  South slopes were good corn, but we didn't ski them. The photo shows the ski levering it took to break away a chunk of the extended column.  Overall snow depth averaged 250cm. The snow pack seemed surprisingly uniform with the exceptiion of the crust visible in the photo, with rounding grains down 1.5m, which is all the farther we dug.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
pinwheels and snowballs from each turn
Skier descending slope
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There were lots of sled and snow bike tracks on cat ski terrain since the last storm. Hard to say if they were after Brundage suspended the cat ski operation or were poached while the closure was still in effect. Some were poached, for sure.

Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
More detailed information about the weather: 

Cold in the morning and clear skies, with rapid warming around noon and clouds rolling in from the south.