Observation: West Bowl

Observation Date
12/3/2018
Observer Name
Nathan Chaszeyka
Region
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
West Bowl, Silver Fork
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
5"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
The persistent weak layer is certainly out there and lurking. I haven't gotten out much yet this season and as such chose areas that I knew were likely to have limited issue with the persistent weak layer. It's way early and even though we have great skiing conditions, I feel no rush to get into more northerly aspects. 
Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
9600
Slope Angle
29
Comments
Wanted to get a good look at the snow and get in touch with what's out there as I begin my season in earnest. The results of my pit profile were surprising and I'm willing to chalk them up to site selection and spatial variability. While I found facets in the ground layer, they were not at all as large as I thought they would be. Overall stability of the snowpack was good and ECT produced no result. No red flags were noted during the day in my areas of travel. 
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Coordinates

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