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Observation: Guardsman Pass area

Observation Date
2/10/2024
Observer Name
Santi
Region
Salt Lake » Big Cottonwood Canyon » Guardsman Pass area
Location Name or Route
Guardsman pass/Tri-county peak
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
New Snow
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Saw plenty long runnig sluffs both Natural and Human triggered.
Found a slight density change within the new snow thatmade it particularly easy to trigger small dry loose slides.
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments
Winds picked up from light to moderate around noon and saw some transport on higher ridgelines.
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northwest
Elevation
9,800'
Comments
Day 3 of the an all adaptive level 1 course. Found more snow that expected in guardsman as well as very cold temps. Snow was textbook utah blower pow. Super low density made for easy trail breaking and great views. Saw lots of long running sluffs on many slopes from afar. Both natural and Human triggered
Dug a quick demo pit on our way to the top of tri country peak at 9800ft NW aspect.
Found some density changes withing the top few 20-30cm that produced some non-planar failures both with HST and CT
Lower down found the the New/Old interphase still produces results with a CT22Q1 and ECTN23. Better than some results I saw from previous tests in similar aspects and elevations
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
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