Observation: Bear Trap

Observation Date
12/3/2018
Observer Name
Patrick Fink
Region
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Beartrap Glades
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Same
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
New Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Snow Profile
Aspect
West
Elevation
9800
Comments
Weather was intermittent snow squalls without significant wind or accumulation. Stuck to W-facing glades at lower angles and found excellent riding conditions. Foot pen ~2.5', ski pen 20 cm. New snow is very low density and without wind effect, at all but the very ridgetop. On this W-WNW aspect at 9000-9800' the much maligned weak layer was nearly absent. Total snow depth was variable from 2-4', but with favorable upright structure. There were trace facets at the ground. Pit for curiosity more than anything; stubborn shovel shear at a density change mid-pack that was poorly planar, then another stubborn failure at the ground. Riding conditions were superb and there was plenty of untouched low-angle terrain. No reason to tempt the dragon.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Coordinates

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