Observation: Cutler Ridge

Observation Date
12/3/2018
Observer Name
Jamie Bernstein
Region
Ogden
Location Name or Route
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
We left the trailhead under scattered, it started snowing S2+ at Dead Tree Knob around 0900, and we returned to the parking lot around 1100 again under scattered clouds.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
6"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
There was 4-5" of low density powder on the skin track on the way up, and at least 2" more on our way down.  We have about 1 meter of snow in sheltered areas, with very little wind effect in exposed areas.  Lots of snow available for transport if and when the winds kick up.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
New Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Sluffing is likely on steep slopes.
Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
8000
Slope Angle
20
Comments
We have a right side up snowpack in Ogden - and at 8000' we don't seem to have any persistent weak layers to worry about.  The skiing was excellent, with thin coverage being the predominant hazard.  There is plenty of snow available for transport, which will be a problem when winds pick up.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Coordinates

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