Observation: Uintas

Observation Date
12/3/2018
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin
Region
Uintas
Location Name or Route
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky
Broken
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Cold day with broken sky, a few periods of sun and on and off light snow showers not adding up to much new snow.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Cold low density snow making for good riding and turning conditions. 
Red Flags
Red Flags
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Although I was not getting real alarming test results in my snow pits, the constant collapsing of the snow pack was enough of a red flag to keep to low angle slopes.
Comments
The snow conditions right now are quite good for this early in the season, but still need to watch out for rocks and stumps that are just slightly covered.  Low angle slopes and meadows are a great place to ride without a Considerable avalanche danger.
The faceted weak snow that is now buried by the series of storms since Thanksgiving is still adjusting to the added weight.  Although I was not getting real unstable test results in the snow pits I dug, the constant collapsing as I traveled around was all the info I needed to stay off and out from under steep slopes.  Photo two is looking over at the north facing slopes of Gold Hill, where some areas did go through a natural avalanche cycle, but there are still slopes that might just need more of a trigger.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Coordinates

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