11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/8/2016
Observer Name: 
Darce Trotter / Steve Cote
Region: 
Skyline
Location Name or Route: 
Far East Electric Lake
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Relatively warm day, flat light in morning, but sun was trying to burn through, on and off light flurries.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

New snow well behaved, just not deep enough to cause any problems, we are most concerned about new snow that has fallen on bed surfaces from Christmas cycle, followed by very cold temps, is a sandbox of weakening snow that you could float through but skied like 18" of smoke, occasionally bottoming out on ground.  Once loaded, definite repeaters will be norm, not the exception.  Thicker pack was also affected, with over cover 3'+, some places weakening and punchy, yet 20' away, entirely supportable.  Do think overall conditions are holding their own, but would not call it progressive strengthening like you would expect with time.  

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

any wind is likely to transport low density snow and could build sensitive slabs, we were out of main wind today and did not observe any locally. 

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

low likelyhood, high consequence conditions still could exist in extreme terrain. 

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9400
Slope Angle: 
29
Comments: 

Electric Lake Bowl proper had been tracked out without incident, definitely had run during last cycle, we were struck by the inconsistency of the pack, weakening in some places, stronger in others, but overall easy travel and great spongy conditions.  We picked some lower angle terrain and old bed surfaces to ski, snow was very fast and supportable, but had a good look around  at old bed surfaces and areas that had not slid.  A lot of snowmobile traffic lower down, but no evidence up higher. 

Video: 

basal facets are damp and rounding, overall pack was strong where thick, weakening over old bed surfaces/shallow pack

18" or so have filled in old paths, this snow is much weaker

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