Observation: Moab

Observation Date
01/7/2016
Observer Name
Reed Kennard

Region:

Location Name or Route
BLue mountain ski area
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments
Overcast for most of the day with periods of light to moderate snow fall. The city of Monticello has been plowing the road to the base of the old ski area. It had not been plowed today and required four wheel drive with some clearance.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
8" to 10" of soft fluffy snow fell overnight in Abajos with very little wind present.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Our hasty pit today revealed a 135 cm base at the top of the old ski area on a north east facing slope. The new snow that fell landed on top of 80 cm of firm nice snow, which is sitting on top of 20 to 30 cm of facets.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Beware of slopes steeper than 35 degrees
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates