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Before the storm totals from lower Casaval Ridge (Giddy Giddy, Gulch)

Location Name: 
Lower Casaval Ridge to 8,600 feet (Giddy Giddy, Gulch)
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 2:00pm
Observation made by: 

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 22' 40.3212" N, 122° 13' 36.0408" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Overcast skies and temperatures in the low 20s were seen on Mount Shasta today. 

Significant observations from today:

  • The height of snow is 93 inches at 8,600 feet on S aspect skier's right side of Giddy Giddy Gulch. 
  • Breakable wind crust on south and southeast aspects near and above treeline. 
  • Rain ice layer from Feb 14th is 13 inches down.
  • Fist hard snow under wind crust.
  • Variable snow surfaces: firm and scoured, wind packed powder, dust on crust, soft powder in protected areas

  • No signs of instability


Test results: CTM - SC down 18 cm, CTH-PC down 22 cm, ECTX




  • Pit dug skiers left of Giddy Giddy, Gulch South Aspect 8,600 Feet
  • Ski pen 2-4 inches

Weather Observations


Skies were mostly overcast for the day above Bunny Flat. The cloud layer seemed to hang around 9,000 feet for until around 3 p.m. when it lifted to 11,000 feet and began to lightly snow.  Little to no wind was felt below and near treeline. Light wind out of the SW was felt above treeline.  Temperature was recorded at 21 deg at 8,600 feet. It was lightly snowing less than 1 inch per hour briefly around 3 p.m. Visibility was low for most of the day. 


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