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Backcountry conditions ‘good’ after rain, snow

There’s fresh powder in the backcountry, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your rock boards — or your avalanche beacon —at home. Recreational conditions on Thursday were good, Sierra Avalanche Center forecaster Brandon Schwartz said. The new snow had settled, making for a supportive snowpack that prevented skiers and boarders from sinking to the icy rain crust. When it comes to avalanche danger though, Schwartz said he was concerned about a layer that formed on Dec. 2 when snowline fell to lake level in the morning only to rise again later in the day. That event created a weak …

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 15, 2012 09:01PM Published Dec 15, 2012 09:01PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.