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General Conditions at Castle Lake
General conditions observed on a tour to Castle Lake weather station:
- Lake is not fully frozen and will not support weight.
- HS: 25-45 cm (10-17 in).
- Chaparral is mostly buried, though many obstacles exist just beneath the surface snow. Skiing is possible but only for the desperate and adventurous.
- Ski penetration (PS): 7-12 cm (3-5 in).
- No signs of instability.
As cloud cover dissipated, surface snow began changing rapidly. Snow falling from trees is pockmarking the surface snow under trees. If considering a ski tour at Castle Lake, you may want to wait for the next round of storms.