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March 2nd - Mt. Hood wet runnels
« on: 03/02/14, 09:49 PM »

5 inches of wet snow over rain runnels with another 4 wet inches of accumulation while we were out.  Snow bonded well to the wet base and avalanche conditions called for moderate but besides pinwheels created from our own turns we saw no signs of instability on all aspects.  Not my best vid but today was wet and fun http://youtu.be/fYOEXYAEGJ4
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Re: March 2nd - Mt. Hood wet runnels
« Reply #1 on: 03/03/14, 11:15 AM »

Just curious, were you bottoming out on a crust layer on the turns? 

Toured on Adams yesterday,8+ inches of pow over a very hard crust, which I hit on every turn.  Not ideal.
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Re: March 2nd - Mt. Hood wet runnels
« Reply #2 on: 03/03/14, 12:18 PM »

Just curious, were you bottoming out on a crust layer on the turns? 

Toured on Adams yesterday,8+ inches of pow over a very hard crust, which I hit on every turn.  Not ideal.

Yes and no.  If you set a hard turn to scrub speed you were edging on some pretty firm snow but I wouldn't necessarily call it a crust. 

Was the pow on Adams fluffy or dense?  What elevation were you when you found the crust?  We were skiing between 6400 and 5400 foot level.


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Re: March 2nd - Mt. Hood wet runnels
« Reply #3 on: 03/03/14, 01:01 PM »

Fluffy, pretty much rode the very hard crusty bedlayer. Temp break seemed to be at the Columbia, picked up ~9" @1800ft north of Hood River.  Skied around ~4-5k, south facing aspect.  Not worth the 5 mile approach.
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Re: March 2nd - Mt. Hood wet runnels
« Reply #4 on: 03/03/14, 06:43 PM »

Fluffy, pretty much rode the very hard crusty bedlayer. Temp break seemed to be at the Columbia, picked up ~9" @1800ft north of Hood River.  Skied around ~4-5k, south facing aspect.  Not worth the 5 mile approach.

What route did you access from?  Cold springs?
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Re: March 2nd - Mt. Hood wet runnels
« Reply #5 on: 03/04/14, 11:32 AM »

What route did you access from?  Cold springs?


Can't get anywhere close to cold springs without a snomo.   Parked at snow king to get to meadow skippy stuff.
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