Observation Date: 12/05/2020
From the road, walked up to about 8000′ on the ridge below the main peak.
Clear and dead calm. Warm… no thermometer but warmer than the valley floor. Inversions are strengthening (see pic).
None, very pleasant.
New Snow: No New Snow
I dug a pit on a north aspect at 8200′. HS= 120 cm. The snowpack was pretty consolidated, mostly 4F and 1F rounds down to about 50 cm above the ground, with a stout 2 cm thick crust at about 50 cm. Below this crust were facets, then the pack turned into a complex of crust-facet combos (see pic). The bottom 25 cm were frozen facets. Tried a couple ECTs, got nothing, still good bonding between the crusts and surrounding layers.
Observer: Joe Messina