Observation: Cardiff Fork

Observation Date
Observer Name
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Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Ivory Flakes, Cardiff Fork, Chutes and Ladders, Kessler
Wind Direction
Wind Speed
Weather Comments
Grey in the AM, sun in the PM, strong winds from the S blowing and moving snow on the ridge lines and down in the drainages.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
The snow down lower on Kessler in wind protected zones was still light and powdery, up in the alpine in the wind exposed terrain of Ivory Flakes the snow was denser with a wind crust in certain locations. 
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
Saw two wind related new avalanches today one in E facing Cardiac Bowl right below Cardiac Pass, and one on the N facing head wall which I put on the avy page
Went up to Ivory Flakes today to get an idea of what happened during the storm, made our first stop on a run off of E facing Kessler, the slope had slide early on during the storm but due to high winds and wind loading up in the starting zone we bailed 2/3 of the way up. Then made our way to Ivory, right below the mine at the bottom we ran into an old avalanche that came off the W facing and ran all the way to the creek bed, snapping some good sized trees on its way. Once we got to the base of Ivory Flakes we realized that the avalanche that came off the Ivory Slabs had run huge! All the way down to the summer road where the large stands of pines marks the end of its historic path. It left small trees scattered on the low angle slope below, and left snow plastered 20ft up the large pines at the bottom, by the road.
Photos: the avalanche off the W facing by the mine, some shots of the 6 ft deep crown and the track of the Ivory slabs slide, wind loading on Kessler which made us take note and more wind loading in Cardiac Bowl
The amount of wind loading today keeps me still thinking considerable 
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