Nice Refresh on Tumalo
It's always nice when these smaller spring snow storms actually result in good skiing, rather than just delaying the corn skiing. This morning there was 10-15 cm. of nice dry snow to freshen things up. I found that the wind had previously blown snow into the start zones of the Tumalo bowl (about 45 cm. of snow deposited), but I did not see any cracking or other evidence that there was a wind slab avalanche problem on this specific piece of terrain.
Temperatures on Tumalo stayed below freezing and the sun was often shining through the broken cloud cover. The wind was mostly light from the west and gusting to moderate on the top. I only saw light and isolated blowing snow, but there had been previous blowing snow from the west. By 1:30 pm slopes that had been in the sun were getting a little "smoodgy" on the surface.
Tumalo Skin Track, 11:30 6840 ft. west
Sky: Broken, Precipitation:NO
Temperature -2 C
Wind was Light from the West, Blowing Snow: NONE
Surface form/size: Graupel 2mm, New Snow 15 cm. Height of Sow 310 cm.
Boot Pen. 30 cm. Ski Pen 12 cm.
Shovel tilt test failed down 10 cm. on a layer of 3 mm stellars
Tumalo Summit 13:21, 7775 ft.
Sky: Broken, Snowing Lightly
Temperature -.5 C
wind was Light from the West Gusting to Moderate. Light Blowing Snow