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Conditions on Gray Butte

Location Name: 
Gray Butte pit dug at 7,900 Feet West aspect
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 2:00pm
Observation made by: 
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Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 46.2192" N, 122° 11' 45.654" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Overcast skies and snowing .5 - 1 inch per hour on Gray Butte today.

Significant observations:

  • 1-3 inches of new snow over zipper crust and graupel in areas near treeline. 
  • Moderate to strong West wind. 
  • Supportable wind board on the ridgeline near and above treeline. 
  • Melt-freeze crust .5 inches thick under 15 inches of soft snow.
  • Variable snow surfaces: firm and scoured, wind packed powder, dust on crust, soft powder in protected areas
  • Low visibility 25-50 feet at times.
  • No signs of instability

Test results: CTM - PC down 16 cm, CTH-RP down 16 cm, ECTX




  • Ski pen 2-4 inches
  • Soft slab breaking 6 inches down on slight density change. Resistant Planar surface.
  • Pit Wall
  • Strong West wind, cornices nonreactive to ski cut

Weather Observations


Skies were mostly overcast for the day on Gray Butte. It was snowing at 1 inch per hour at times and less as the day warmed up. Visibility was low 25-50 feet at times near the top. The wind was blowing moderate with strong gusts out of the West.  


Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: 
Wind Direction: