Observation Date: 02/16/2020
Lappi Lake trees, NE aspect from 7000′ to 8200′
Alternating between sun and light snow with squalls that would blow through with heavy snow and strong wind.
Intermittent. Strong at times followed by periods of calm.
New Snow: 12+”
Dug a pit at 7500′ on a NE facing slope. We could not find the bottom of the snowpack with a 230cm probe. We dug down 150 cm and were not able to get results in any of our tests. Over a foot of fist hardness new snow on 4F older snow were the only two layers we could find. Over a foot of low density new snow made trail breaking slow and arduous but amazing skiing back down.
It was snowing on and off throughout the day but tapered off in the mid afternoon replaced with strong winds. Active transport happening and we could see the snow surface changing between laps.
Observer: Miles Knotek