National Park California
December 10, 2012
Weather: December 04 through December 10
We are in the process of getting aquainted with the snowpack in this part of the Sierra since our return on December 3rd. We dug a snowpit on an east aspect at 11,000 feet and found several melt freeze crusts. The depth was 130 cm and the snow near the ground looked to be gaining strength.We have not observed signs of instability on our daily patrols, so the snow that fell last week appears to have settled nicely on the old snow. We observed several avalanches on our ski in immediately following the last storm (that ended December 2nd) on the east side of the Sierra Crest. These avalanches were above 11,000 feet and most likely wind slabs deposited by the high winds that accompanied that storm.
Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open for the season. There is an ample supply of firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.You can call the Tuolumne Meadows Ranger Station at 209/372-0450. If you leave a message we will get back to you first chance we get. Power and phones are frequently out of service, in which case you can call the wilderness permit line at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared; don't count on electricity or phone service at the ski hut.
Let it Snow!
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