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

Observation: Uintas

Observation Date
Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis
Location Name or Route
Notch Mountain
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Speed
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
New Snow Density
Snow Surface Conditions
Melt-Freeze Crust
Avalanche Problem #1
New Snow
Decreasing Danger
I got out yesterday morning for some laps at dawn.  5 inches of light new snow.  Looking around, there was absolutely no evidence of any wet slides.  Mt. Watson was fully intact which is unusually this time of year.  Typically the lookers right of the main big east line pulls out in the spring failing near the ground.  Not the case this year.  In fact the cornice is setup around Mt. Watson with no on the ground entrance possible.  The pick below is of the north facing West Notch Couloir.  It is also corniced up around the entire entrance.  Although I was in a snow storm when I was up top it looked like you could get in skiers left but my concern given the low new snow density and steepness of the slope was for a fast loose snow slide which in this long running couloir is unacceptable for me.  I kept to the low angle open terrain just below to the south. The cold temps have kept the snow pack setup and our go anywhere conditions continue.  There is plenty of snow to ride and ski out there.  The road was plowed to mile marker 20 but while I was out UDOT ran the grader up to 2 more miles to 22 so that 2 less miles of whoops to contend with.  The turnaround at mile marker 22 is large enough to spin a 4 spot trailer.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating

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