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Out in the storm-Old Ski Bowl

Location Name: 
Old Ski Bowl
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 1:30pm
Observation made by: 

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 21' 59.1192" N, 122° 12' 20.3364" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


20200113 - 1330 hours - Sorenson - Old Ski Bowl - 8,500 feet / Near Treeline

SKY: Obscured 100%, low visibility, flat light

PRECIP: Yes, S1 (.5 in/hr) At 8,500 feet.

BLOWING SNOW: Yes,  Moderate, SW

Air Temp:   17 deg F

SURF PEN: 7 inches (boot) 

Height of snowpack (HS): 53 inches

Height of new snow (HS): 1-2 inches on top of a number of sun/rain crusts.

Wind: Yes, out of the southwest, a steady 10 mph wind near treeline. Gusts to 15 mph.

NOTES: Cold and light snow began falling after noon. Visibility was very difficult and the flat light made for tough  observations above treeline. A number of sun and melt freeze crust exist below the new snow all above the Dec 19th ice layer, 7 inches down from surface. Column block test yielded no significant results.


  • Wilderness boundary, east side of Old Ski Bowl, 8500 feet. Snow poles were rimed 1 inch thick.
  • Near treeline, Low visibility
  • Wind drift forming on east facing terrain near treeline 8,400 feet

Weather Observations


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: