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Observation: Reynolds Peak

Observation Date
12/1/2022
Observer Name
Mahoney / Berenstein
Region
Salt Lake » Big Cottonwood Canyon » Mill D North » Butler Fork » Reynolds Peak
Location Name or Route
Reynolds Zone / Mill D
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8,900'
Comments
Significant winds today. Clear loading on north facing aspects. We went out with the intention to look at the snow pack ahead of this next storm cycle. We found a spot facing NE that was sheltered and did not have any wind slab present. We could clearly see the buried surface hoar layer at 67cm. We performed both a CT ( CT13 ) and an ECT ( ECTN 13 ), both failing at that layer of buried surface hoar.
Our consensus was that the wind slabs were easy to find today and avoid, but once buried it will create tricky terrain managment going forward.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None