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Observation: USA Bowl

Observation Date
2/5/2023
Observer Name
Scott Jirous
Region
Salt Lake » Big Cottonwood Canyon » USA Bowl
Location Name or Route
USA Bowl
Red Flags
Red Flags
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect
Southeast
Elevation
9,700'
Comments
Set of 3 knife hardness M/F layers underneath storm snow with 5cm 4F snow in between each of them. I tested on a ~30deg SE face with no trees, and had a clean fracture between lower two layers under taps from elbow. Rode a similar slope and heard some whumpfing/felt some collapsing under foot. Worth watching over the next few days. Dug down to the ground, everything else was consistent 1F right side up and stable. 190cm snow depth, column broke 25cm down with 5-10cm new snow and little wind transport.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
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