December 19

Alta guard station to Cardiff. Eyebrow to High Ivory out Cardiff to Reynolds flat.

Elevations, slope angles and aspects

7400-10700', angles over 35°, all aspects.

Snow conditions


Patchy snow on south facing and off aspects below about 9k. Photo is a good descriptor.

The upper 6", on the shady side is mixed surface hoar and near surface faceting. Ski cuts would produce sluffing on the steepest angles.

Coverage extends to lower elevations but consists of the late November rime and a few inches of loose snow.

The rime crust at upper elevations remains, for the most pat quite stout. Sandboxing is widespread above that crust.


Clear skies, cool temperature and light wind.

Snow pit



Weather guessers have a storm incoming with a few inches of light density snow suggested.

I'd expect little change from the current "weak but stable" shallow snow pack.

Surface sluffing is likely. Wind drifting possible.