Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: North Pole Basin
Date of Observation: 12/05/2020Name: Ben Pritchett
Subject: Schofield area
Elevation: Above treeline
Mid morning we watched a few cinnamon rolls come out of southeast facing cliffs.
Weather: Warm and calm.
Snowpack: We found highly variable, soft wind-textured snow surfaces. Average snowpack depth ranged from one and half feet on east to south facing slopes, with and average just over two feet deep on north to east-facing slopes. The snowpack remains essentially right-side-up, with denser stiffer snow near the ground and weaker faceted snow near the snow surface. Ski penetration averaged ~4 to 6 inches deep. In shallowly snow-coved wind-swept areas the snowpack was less supportive with ski penetration to the ground.