Twin Lakes

Location Name: 
Twin Lakes
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 01/09/2022 - 18:31
Location Map: 



Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today we toured out of the Twin Lakes area to have a deeper look into the Hoover Wilderness.  We noticed rocks on southern aspects between Robinson and Victoria Peaks had heated up the last few days releasing loose wet slides.  Wind-affected snow was observed from the peak tops to the valley floor as well as an impressive amount of sheen and sastrugi at mid-elevations.  We did find some soft snow in the most sheltered of places, however, multiple days of strong W/SW wind from last week have left a firm but edgable sliding surface across the forecast area.  Hand pits at 10,500 on an eastern aspect revealed isolated pockets of wind slabs at the surface which were stubborn to release.  As mentioned in yesterday's post, having your 'sharps kit' will be essential for safe and effective travel while we ride out this dry spell in January.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest