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Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Placer Valley

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Route & General Observations

Quick ride into the Placer Valley to take a look at the wind effect and snow conditions.

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Observer Comments

Winds transporting snow to the East, plumes, on the high peaks. No signs of instability in the Valley.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

COLD.... -10F ish in the river valley. Winds were calm in valley but could clearly see NW to W winds at the upper elevations moving snow. Clear skies.

Snow surface

~15" of loose powder snow.

Snowpack

The 15" of powder snow sat on a breakable rain crust that punched through to 2-3 feet of loose faceted sugar snow. This made riding interesting at times.

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