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Observation: Cardiff Peak

Observation Date
12/8/2023
Observer Name
Hardesty and Wilson
Region
Salt Lake » Little Cottonwood Canyon » Cardiff Peak
Location Name or Route
Cardiff Peak
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
South>East Cardiff is generally protected from today’s prevailing West Northwest winds, and so wind transport was fairly minimal.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
16"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Excellent skiing. Healthy trail breaking.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
New Snow
Problem #1 Comments
Did not note any lingering facets above the solar crusts and tests/test slopes showed a good bond to these mf crusts. Weaknesses noted a few cm above the crust and also 30cm down. Only minor cracking on test slopes.
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #2 Comments
We did not note much wind transport in SE Cardiff bowl or along the Flagstaff ridge. See notes above and compare weather stations - there are sure to be sensitive soft slabs of wind drifted snow in more exposed terrain.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
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