11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/3/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Tushers - City Creek Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Balmy day compared to the last two! Strong south winds were drifting snow in some md elevation areas off of the ridge tops. A couple of squalls with increased wind and light snow flurries in the sfternoon. High peaks were obsurced by the time I got down Beaver Canyon at 5 pm.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Mixed bag, powder in sheltered shady locations.  Loose dense snow on some SW aspects.  Surface hoar in some areas, minor.  Some wind crust in exposed areas.  Some south aspects had a slight zipper crust, minor.  Was surprised at the amunt of soft snow after the last wind event.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

Wind slabs from the south winds today

Localized Moderate hazard.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Basal facets in this area which includes a thin (75 cm) snow pack.

Moderate hazard.  The overlaying slab does not seem to have much eneragy and is decomposing.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
10900
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

Photo of pit and basal facets below.  The zone between 10 and 30 cm may be a decomposing crust that has faceted.  It seemed too firm to be just facets.  some decomposing graapel in the mid pack.  I was surprised the snow pack was not deeper in this area

Photo below slide path on NE side of City Creek peak, the crown has been blown in.

I think the initial hazard with new snow will be the weak surface snow.  I feel that it might take a significant load to reactivate the basal facats.

Generally a moderate hazard, I did not see anything alarming.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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