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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016

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avatar Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016
January 12, 2016 12:46PM
New snow: 16 inches
Total settled snow depth: 4 inches (at 8,600 feet elevation)
High temperature: 35 degrees F (January 11)
Low temperature: - 9 degrees F (January 8)

Ski Conditions and Weather: The weather was ideal for winter recreation this week. The Tuolumne Meadows area received 16 inches of low density snow followed by cold and calm days. Trail breaking was initially quite arduous, but has since set up nicely for good turning and touring. Snowline stretched all the way to the gate in Lee Vining Canyon and there is a trail broke from the east to Tuolumne Meadows. Presently snow coverage is good on all aspects with some wind scouring at the highest elevations. Winter weather is dynamic and visitors should be prepared for changing conditions. Bring ski wax and a scraper for the changing temperatures.

Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: For the avalanche advisory for this area of the Sierra Nevada go to http://www.esavalanche.org for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.

There was a brief period of S-SW winds following this weeks’ snowfall that caused wind slabs to form on N-NE aspects. The snow was low density and easily transported to lee slopes forming wind slabs that were overriding good sliding surfaces. Several shallow slab avalanches were observed on the north side of Lembert’s Dome this week and visitors should be cautious when traveling above treeline. Below treeline the snow is not wind affected and the new snow has bonded well to the old snow surface. Deeper instabilities still exist in places, though the basal layers are becoming less and less reactive as the snow depth increases.

Wildlife: Many animal tracks were observed in the new snow this week, though no new suspects were identified. The Tuolumne Meadows area is rich with Pine Marten, Douglas squirrels, and smaller rodents that leave the most delicate tracks on the snow surface.

Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open! There is an ample supply of firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first come, first served basis. There is power but no public phone service in Tuolumne Meadows this winter. We can be contacted via email at Robert_Pilewski@nps.gov, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. Contact the wilderness office at 209 372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared; don't count on electricity or phone service at the ski hut.
Re: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016
January 12, 2016 05:04PM
Thanks for posting these, seek. I assume this is a cut and paste from an "official" account. I hope the settled snow depth is a typo ad there's really ~40 inches of settled snow instead of 4" smiling smiley
avatar Re: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016
January 12, 2016 05:21PM
Yeah, I noticed that 4" thing. Seemed a bit low. winking smiley
Re: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016
January 12, 2016 05:52PM
Mammoth Lakes at 7,800 elevation...
Here in town a good 30+ inches of the white stuff everywhere...a lot more higher up too.
The 4" has to be wrong.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2016 05:53PM by markskor.
Re: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016
January 12, 2016 06:53PM
Update for January 11, 2016
January 11, 2016 Posted by: Laura and Rob Pilewski
New snow: 16 inches
Total settled snow depth: 42 inches (at 8,600 feet elevation)
High temperature: 35 degrees F (January 11)
Low temperature: - 9 degrees F (January 8)
avatar Re: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 11, 2016
January 13, 2016 12:09AM
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troutwild
Total settled snow depth: 42 inches (at 8,600 feet elevation)

That's much better!
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