12th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions November 2.

Observation: Mt Raymond

Observation Date
Observer Name
Hardesty and Wilson
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Mill A - Raymond - Ice Box
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Wind Speed
Weather Comments
Very light rain/snow mix at Mill A trailhead at 7000'. Trace accumulation in the morning. Clouds thinned by midday just enough to greenhouse and dampen northerly up to 10,000' as swarms of rollerballs ran down the terrain. Southwest winds didn't pick up until 3pm and despite their moderate speeds, no wind transport of the 'hot pow' noted.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Snow Characteristics Comments
Damp all aspects and elevations.  Highest elevation was 10,241' on Mt Raymond and small rollerballs noted on steep northerly there.  'Hot pow' as has been noted by others.  Rode well but became grabby by about 8700'.  
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Size 1 natural sluffs and size 1.5 push-alanches on all aspects but 'Moderate' overall fit the bill. Steep mid-canyon (north facing) couloirs likely flushed a bit today. No sensitive wind slabs noted. Pics below.
Natural size .5 on NW Gobblers'
Some of our push-alanches on SW facing Raymond into Mill B North
Glide crack on Raymond Slab
Very small glide release on Mineral Slab
Small glide release (noted by Peter Donner yesterday?) near Blue Ice area
Looking toward the upcoming weather, would imagine the warm storm snow to bond well to the warm snow surfaces and avalanches in lock-step with precipitation intensity and wind.  
Areas of Broads and all of Stairs best avoided due to continued glide activity.  
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating

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