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Observation: Cardiff Fork

Observation Date
02/6/2018
Observer Name
mark white

Region:

Location Name or Route
Cardiff Fork: Keyhole, Hansen's, Cardiac Ridge, Ivory Flakes
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Obscured skies most of the day, light snowfall, not bad visibility except for above 10200ft which was in a cloud most of the day, light NW winds on the ridge line.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
5"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

4 to 5 inches of new snow, with a coating of graupel at the bottom to smooth things out, right side up light density powder above that.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments

Entered into Cardiff Fork through the steep  N facing Keyhole, I was getting long running sluffs in this steeper terrain and the sluffs were packing a bit of punch, and leaving fairly large debris piles at the bottom, almost got taken off my feet by one. The sluffs were taking all the new snow and the remnants of the rime crust with them and moving rapidly. Also noted some natural sluffs on Cardiac Ridge, coming out of the steeper chutes at the top. Did not experience any cracking or collapsing today, I just don't think the new snow had enough weight to tip any scales this time around. Down lower in the drainage in the bottom of Ivory Flakes the new snow amounts dropped to about 3 inches.I'm still thinking that the upper regions of the Cardiac area has a stronger snow-pack due to more snow than most other areas in the Wasatch. The sun never really came out much today and the S facing will still be powder in the AM, but that basically means dust on crust.

Photos: Long running skier triggered sluffs in the Keyhole, and the debris pile at the bottom, and a little something we haven't experienced in a while [powder]

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates