Sonora Pass

Location Name: 
Sonora Pass
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/13/2022 - 18:58
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Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
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Today we toured from Sonora Pass, parking the sleds at 9600 ft, traveling south along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Temperatures were above freezing with moderate to strong wind gusts from the west and increasing clouds throughout the day. The wind was transporting trace amounts of snow, not enough to produce any notable accumulation around us.

Overall the day felt cold and snow grains were dry to the touch. We found a supportable 5cm surface crust with near surface facets underneath in the top 20cm’s of the pack.

Boot pen was 5-20cm’s and the ski pen was 0-5cm.

We rode a NE aspect from 10400 back down to the pass. Surface conditions on the descent were hard and scratchy at times with soft snow in the low angle alpine meadows. Overall conditions felt smooth but firm.

Weather Observations
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Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
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Above Freezing
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Strong wind gusts through the day on the crest.