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Observation: Cardiff/Mineral

Observation Date
3/23/2019
Observer Name
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Region
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Cardiff, Mineral
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Mostly cloudy with a few breaks of sun, intense green housing in the afternoon, warm and moist air. Not much wind to speak of.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Most of the snow encountered today was damp early from green housing, the high N on the Cardiac Headwall was dry as was the Room of Doom in Mineral until about half way down the slope, all other slopes were damp including NE facing Cardiac Ridge, by noon.
Comments
Travel today was up from the Alta Guard with entry into Cardiff through the N facing Keyhole, up Cardiac Ridge and into the Room of Doom in Mineral. While hiking up to Cardiff Pass around 10am the greenhouseing was pretty intense with thin clouds, intense sun, and moist air. All of the S facing terrain was damp before I hit the pass. The N facing entry into Cardiff was still dry with a breakable crust under it, the new snow was sluffing in the steeper terrain. Hiking up  Cardiac Ridge was a lesson to carry plenty of skin wax this time of year. By the time I hit the Room of Doom visibility had dropped to zero and it was skiing by brail to the bottom of the drainage. Most of the wet activity was minor do to limited new snow. I did kick off a few long running sluffs in the top entry of the Room of Doom they were running on a icy bed surface in the NW facing steeper terrain. Also noted rapid growth of the glide crack on the main line off Cardiac Ridge.
photos: greenhouseing in LCC, glide crack on the Ridge, dropping cloud deck and sluffing in the Room of Doom 
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low

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