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Corn Snow (colloquial)

Also: Quasi-Corn, Spring Snow

Coarse, granular wet snow. During the spring and summer diurnal cycle of melting and refreezing the corn snow skiing is at its best in mid to late morning, after a layer has begun to melt but before it is too wet and sloppy. Some avalanche advisories have used the term quasi-corn to refer to snow which is very much like corn snow but not truly from extensive melt-freeze metamorphism.

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