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Gray Butte

Location Name: 
Mount Shasta
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 03/14/2020 - 1:30pm
Observation made by: 

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 52.8864" N, 122° 11' 43.8756" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


DATE: March 14nd, 2020 (20200314) 0930 to 1430 hours
OBSERVER: R Sorenson
LOCATION: Southside Mt Shasta, below/near/above treeline
SKY CONDITION: Mostly cloudy - clouds would move in and out - 75 to 100% sky coverage average 
PRECIPITATION TYPE/RATE: Sporadic very light to light snowfall, S-1 with periods of S1. Graupel forms observed at 8,000 feet 
BLOWING SNOW: yes, moderate blowing snow. South-westerly wind loading easterly aspects
AIR TEMPERATURE: 17 deg F average 8,000 feet
SURFACE PENETRABILITY: Ski 0-1 inch, Boot 1-2 inches 
HEIGHT OF SNOWPACK (HS): Below treeline 6,800 feet: 45 inches (115 cm) 
WIND: Southwest- Avg: 16 mi/hr -- Max: 23 mi/hr -- Moderate to fresh breeze conditions above treeline. Light winds near and below treeline.
Sporadic snow flurries moved in and out on a tour up Gray butte yesterday. We were met by challenging skinning and skiing conditions, as no surface softening occurred.  One inch of fresh snow covered the icy and well-consolidated snowpack below.  South facing tree wells have melted out. Tree debris has littered the snow surfaces along with rocks and logs that had previously melted out. Notable blowing snow and small wind drifts up to 6 inches deep were observed on the ridge near the summit. We encountered a few large dirt patches on the way back to the ski park and were forced to walk for a few hundred feet before making it back to the runs. 


  • Dust on crust conditions. North east side of Coyote Butte. Note: this slope ended in a significant terrain trap at the bottom.
  • Tree debris has littered the snow surfaces below treeline
  • Boot Penetrability: 1-2 inches
  • Looking east toward Gray Butte
  • West aspect of Gray Butte
  • Looking north west as sporadic snow flurries move in
  • Large dirt patch encountered on the way back to the ski park.

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
75% 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: