Rapid temperature rise
Wed, Mar 11, 2020 - 9:41 AM
Diamond Lake Area (Baily, Crater Lake, Thielson)
Ski or Snowboard
Two of us had a nice long day at Bailey on Wednesday. Snow coverage was good at the snopark, and things were firm at 8AM. By 11AM direct south facing slopes were getting pretty warm, though we didn't see any new roller balls. We summited right around noon and saw a lot of point release evidence in steep terrain below the rock pinnacles, likely from the previous day. Winds were moderate from the west up top, but barely noticeable throughout the rest of the terrain we traveled.
Ski quality was very good from the summit into avalanche bowl. It felt like a May day up there. Skating out on the cat track was smooth and buttery.