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snow consolidation?

Postby Eric1234 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:20 pm

Im wondering if the snow has consolidated enough in the Mammoth area that snowshoes will not be required. It looks like the temps have been pretty warm lately.



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Re: snow consolidation?

Postby John Dittli » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:06 pm

I was up below Mono Pass (south) a few days ago. Knee deep in places below Ruby Lake. Same in the Sabrina Basin two days ago. It's a mixed bag, but mostly not very supportive. I wouldn't plan on going far without flotation of some sort....
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Re: snow consolidation?

Postby cefire » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:02 pm

Ditto for Tahoe, my first winter here coming from the north cascades and it seems strange that the snow is still so loose as its been on the ground for a while :confused:
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Re: snow consolidation?

Postby ExploreABitMore » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:01 am

John Dittli wrote:I was up below Mono Pass (south) a few days ago. Knee deep in places below Ruby Lake. Same in the Sabrina Basin two days ago. It's a mixed bag, but mostly not very supportive. I wouldn't plan on going far without flotation of some sort....


Hi John, just curious how far up the road was open when you went. Thanks!
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Re: snow consolidation?

Postby John Dittli » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:07 pm

granite4brains wrote:Hi John, just curious how far up the road was open when you went. Thanks!
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You could/can? drive to the Pack Station.
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Re: snow consolidation?

Postby oldranger » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:53 am

After consulting with our resident snow expert I thought I should share the following observation. As long as the snow depth is extremely low, say less than 5 feet, do not expect the snow to consolidate. For an explanation just google temperature gradient snow.

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Re: snow consolidation?

Postby ExploreABitMore » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:35 am

John Dittli wrote:
granite4brains wrote:Hi John, just curious how far up the road was open when you went. Thanks!
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You could/can? drive to the Pack Station.


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