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Devils Hill

Intense precipitation
Observation Date/Time:
Sun, Jan 31, 2021 - 9:18 AM
Barry Wicks
Three Sisters Area / 6200'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Today we toured in the Devils Hill area. Yesterdays rime crust layer was under 3-5" of new snow. The crust was very delicate, and although perceptible in hand pits, it was not noticeable under skis. Under the crust we found 8"-12" of Fist snow above the stout rain crust.

On steeper 40 degree plus slopes we were getting slough running on the rime crust, but only on the steepest terrain and it didnt run far. For the most art the new snow seemed well bonded to the rime crust.

It snowed heavily on and off throughout our tour, totaling about 3" of accumulation on our snowmobiles between 10 and 3 pm. The new snow was on the heavy/wet side and was glopping on the skins a bit each lap.

Calm to light wind out of the WSW for most of the day, with temperatures hovering around 31f.

Ski quality was excellent with knee deep turn in the old growth hemlock trees all day.