The 142nd and final avalanche advisory for the 2017/2018 season was published on April 22nd. Thank you to all who have supported the avalanche center through volunteer hours, field observations, and financial support.
Observations from Tallac
Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay)
Date and time of observation:
Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:49
United States38° 53' 48.4008" N, 120° 5' 34.224" W
Hiked the cathedral lake summer trail in approach shoes up to 8k. Little snow existed on trail. Ski pen was 10cm when skiing SE chute at 10:30. Perfect spring conditions exist on southern aspects with appropriate timing.
Photo 1: Two things to mention in this photo. First, you can see old avalanche activity from the January 24th - 25th cycle. Second, a great representation of how different snow surfaces can be from NE to SE. (Cold snow N, corn snow S)
Photo 2: cathedral bowl - notice how large these cornices are despite low snow year.