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Observation: Maybird Gulch

Observation Date
11/16/2022
Observer Name
Pressman, Kelly
Region
Salt Lake » Little Cottonwood Canyon » Maybird Gulch
Location Name or Route
No Name Baldy
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Beautiful day, started out cold and clear. Warm in the sun and while moving up hill. Calm winds at our location throughout the tour.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Surface was a mixed bag of firm cold snow, breakable wind crust and really nice soft turns on low angle due north aspects. There were signs of previous wind scouring and wind drifting. We found areas of isolated graupel on the leeward side of terrain features above treeline.
Noted old avalanche crowns on Pfeifferhorn (NE 10,500'), No Name Baldy (NW 10,500'), Maybird Aprons (NE 9,400') most likely from the November 9th cycle.
Snow Profile
Aspect
West
Elevation
10,400'
Slope Angle
32°
Comments
Temperatures towards base of snowpit showed facets going to rounds. ECTX, however prying with a shovel after test showed a very stubborn shear on graupel layers at 68 and 80cm off the ground. Will keep an eye on this interface in more shallow locations. Near surface facets were present.
Photo 1-Pfeifferhorn-remants of avalanche crown from November 9th cycle.
Photo 2- Wind slab from 10,000' with faceted crystals on underside
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low
Coordinates