Snow profile obs from the lee side of Basin Peak

Location Name: 
lee side of Basin Peak
Donner Summit Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:40
Location Map: 
United States
39° 22' 57.432" N, 120° 21' 45.936" W

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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Guide at Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars
Snowpit Observations
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Snow surface widely variable from soft wind crust to highyly reflective water ice.  Grains below surface sugary and plentiful, about 30 cm worth, then more hard snow all the way to the ground (probed (with difficulty)).  Very strong SW winds this morning transporting a modest amount of snow.  Cornices in this neighborhood well-developed despite relatively minimum snow cover.   

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
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Above Freezing
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