Spring at Angel

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Ski (Mountaineering AT, Tele etc)   04/15/2014 12:43 PM 04/11/2014 7:48 PM
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Rapid temperature rise


Bryce Ebel and I skied into Angel Basin this afternoon in spectacular sunburn weather. The road up to the resort was entirely dry. We noticed some sluffing and much roller-ball activity on several slopes visible during the drive up. We rolled up to the parking lot and took off at 12:00pm, sweating in the 45 F (7 deg. C) temperatures. We observed more sluffing and roller ball activity as we made our way up to Angel Basin. Once there, we dug a shallow (1.5m) pit at the base of the lightly forested, northwest facing side of Angel Peak. Although we did not do a formal snow study, we did make several notable observations. We found a hard/icy layers one on top of another that stretched from 63cm down to 78cm down. During some informal shovel shear tests, we got clean Q1 shears at several depths within this 63-78cm zone. We skied up farther and then carved soft turns down through the trees on the west slope of Angel Peak.

Snow & Weather
Elevation: 8145 ft