Virginia Lakes, March 1 2022

Location Name: 
Virginia Lakes
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 03/01/2022 - 11:30
Location Map: 


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

Pleasant skinning on spring snow with large rounded grains from the trailhead to 9,000 feet. There was a definite change in the snow surface at 9,000 ft, from large round grains to damp fine grained snow that fell last week during the inside slider storm. Open areas in the forest around the Pack Station still had 2-3" of wet, fine-grained snow that clogged skins.

The Southeast gully on Dunderberg had wind scoured areas from strong southwest winds. No signs of wind slab or loose wet avalanches were observed in the basin.

Snowpack photos: 
Signage at Virginia Lakes trailhead
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

Skied from the Virginia Lakes trailhead to Virginia Lakes today under high clouds and light breezes. The road has mostly complete snow coverage except for the first switchback from the parking area. There are a few areas that may be melted out in a day or so by the Lower Virginia Lakes campground. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Gentle breezes, 5-10 mph from the trailhead to 9,000 feet along snowmobile and snocat packed Virginia Lakes Rd. Air temperatures mid 50's and felt hot due to strong sun. At the Lower Virginia Creek campground, air temperatures cooled to upper 40's with wind gusts moving small branches. Air temperature was 43F at 9,500 ft. By 2:30PM,  snow was beginning to freeze and the ski out was fast and enjoyable.