11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observer Name: 
Doug Wewer
Observation Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2012
Avalanche Date: 
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Elevation: 
7500
Aspect: 
East
Slope Angle: 
Unknown
Trigger: 
Natural
Trigger: additional info: 
Cornice Triggered
Avalanche Type: 
Soft Slab
Avalanche Problem: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Weak Layer: 
New Snow
Depth: 
2'
Width: 
50
Vertical: 
100
Comments: 

We came across this small slide on our exit from Cutler Ridge.  It kind of surprised us.  There were no visible tracks entering or leaving the debris, so I assume it released naturally from a cornice fall.  I suspect it was overloaded by the same winds on Saturday afternoon that affected some other areas of the Ogden Mountains.

Other than this slide, there were no other signs on instability.  We did not travel through other areas that had received significant wind loading.

The snow surface is facetting on all aspects with the continued cold temperatures.  Recent surface hoar was observed at lower elevations, growing on tree and bush branches.

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