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snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby John Dittli » Thu May 09, 2013 7:58 am

We skied along the Sierra crest in northern Yosemite last week. We traversed along the north side as far as Little Slide Canyon then crossed over and looped back around to the south. Snow coverage was good though it looked to be more like June than April. South aspects were somewhat bare, but way more snow than we've been seeing in the southern Sierra.
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view so. from near summit of Twin Peak
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~9,500' in Matterhorn Canyon
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a steep moment on the north side of Twin
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Quarry and Doghead
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upper Spiller
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Doghead
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Sawtooth Ridge from Eocene
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Polemonium Pass
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby balzaccom » Thu May 09, 2013 8:28 am

Great report! And you make a good point, that the northern Sierra seems to have more snow than down south...
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby maverick » Thu May 09, 2013 9:08 am

Thank you again JD for posting another important update on backcountry conditions in
a different part of the Sierra this time. :thumbsup:
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby Tom_H » Thu May 09, 2013 3:16 pm

Inspiring pictures. Thanks! :thumbsup:
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby schmalz » Thu May 09, 2013 3:32 pm

Wow, I'd love to do some of that backcountry steep skiing with you.
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby Electra » Thu May 09, 2013 5:03 pm

Thanks John! Great area and beautiful shots. Hoping to get out there post tioga opening....

I saw a report a few days ago that said the Tuolumne and Merced drainage snowpacks were something like 24 & 32 % of normal. That shows how bad it is to the south if we are looking better to the north!
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby John Dittli » Thu May 09, 2013 6:06 pm

when the Kern River snow courses were measured on May 1, all but two were completely dry. Those two: Bighorn and Siberia had 4 and 3.6" (average) respectively. It is frighteningly dry down there. In the Tuolumne Drainage (and others) it's interesting that the overall statistics for the season are being drawn down by the fact that the lower snow courses are all dry. The higher courses though, are still averaging ~60% to date.

Apologies if I sound like a snowitall; I work as a snow surveyor.
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby sparky » Thu May 09, 2013 9:28 pm

A snowitall? HA! We are all extremely grateful for the information....and a little jealous! Thanks and keep up the good work :thumbsup:
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby Electra » Fri May 10, 2013 8:40 am

I think most of us are envious of your trips John. It is so cool to see familiar spots in the winter and a bit disorienting at times.

I had heard about the readings of the lower and upper sensors. Amazing to think how bleak things would be with out the December storms.
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Re: snow report from northern Yosemite

Postby jessegooddog » Sat May 11, 2013 1:19 pm

The Tioga Pass is open!!!
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